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Glossary And Sector Terms For Anti-Racism and Inclusion


This page contains resources that look at language as part of an anti-racist and inclusive practice. These resources are starting points for the interrogation of language commonly used within the heritage sector and recognise that language will continue to evolve. 

Word choices in museums and galleries

Words Matter: An Unfinished Guide To Word Choices In The Cultural Sector composed by the National Museum for World Cultures (Tropenmuseum, Afrikamuseum, Museum Volkenkunde, Wereldmuseum). 

This resource considers potentially sensitive words used in the museum sector. It begins with a series of articles examining the context of language used within the sector and it ends with a glossary of sensitive terms and suggestions for alternative words. 

Inclusive terminology glossary

Curatorial research centre glossary

A glossary collated by the Curatorial Research Centre which attempts to identify and understand the different ways and places in which anti-racism work is taking place. 

Decolonization is not a metaphor

An article that looks at what is unsettling about the term ‘decolonization’ when used as a metaphor, written by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang.