Centering Indigenous Humanity

Michelle Moyd and Stefanie Michels discuss contentious issues in African history and historiography, such as agency, resistance, and sovereignty and how these interact with current public debates about the colonial past.

This interview is part of our new “Museums in Motion Workshop Series”. Contributions in the form of podcasts will be uploaded every Tuesday. The series curates dialogues about the future of museums and colonial collections in a global context. Conceived as a workshop, it presents conversations in an ongoing debate with scholars, curators, activists and others across space.



For those who prefer to listen to the podcast on the go, we provide the episode as mp3 file here. After a right click on the audio bar, you can select ‘save file’ and download it to your device.


Dr. Michelle Moyd is Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research interests are in eastern Africa and the history of colonial soldiers and warfare.

PD Dr. Stefanie Michels is a historian at the University of Düsseldorf with an interest in German colonial history taken from the angle of African history.