Post-Doc : Analytical research on toxic materials in the ethnographic collection (Antwerpen)

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Analytical research on toxic materials in the ethnographic collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA). Anthropological, historical and art historical research are established fields of study in relation to the ethnographic collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. In addition to this research, analytical research on objective factual documentation of material from the collection is required for a full understanding of the collection and for advances in conservation and preservation approaches implemented at the RMCA, as well as to support anthropological provenance research. Material analysis is crucial for an ethnographic collection with a known history of biocide application. Having objective analytical data on toxic substances is vital for protecting RMCA workers, researchers and other stakeholders from health risks. This FEDtWIN profile focuses on the study of (an)organic toxic substances (e.g. biocides and pigments) in the ethnographic collection of the RMCA, used for risk management, (preventive) conservation and/or provenance documentation of the collection.

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