While museums are perceived as institutions dedicated to the dissemination and exchange of culturally diverse knowledges, museum scholarship has been hampered by a lack of multilingual networks and publications necessary for the exchange of museological perspectives between different linguistic, regional, and national communities. At the same time, the museum decolonization movement, the move from monocultural to pluricultural societies, the political resurgence of cultural essentialism, escalating environmental deterioration, and the international impact of current migration crises—by both uniting and dividing peoples—have clarified the need for institutions to socially and intellectually engage with the increasingly complex global flows and disruptions of people and ideas.
GWYNEIRA ISAAC is Curator for North American Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. Email: email@example.com
DIANA E. MARSH is National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAURA OSORIO SUNNUCKS is Head of the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. Email: email@example.com
ANTHONY SHELTON is Director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org