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DCNtR Decolonizing Collections – Networking towards Relationality Decolonizing – This blog is aimed at decentering the debate on colonial and ethnographic collections, archives, and museums. Its goal is to rethink colonial knowledges and dominant epistemic practices in an attempt to undo them. We seek to destabilize center-periphery divisions by providing a platform for diverse voices […]

Museumsethnologie. Eine Einführung. Theorien. Debatten. Praktiken.
Eine Rezension von Gesa Grimme
This review is currently only available in German.

Decolonisation? Collaboration!
Towards a Renewed Concept of ‘Museum’ in Europe and Africa
What options do we have for dealing with the Africa collections in our museums in Europe and in Africa? Let us start with a quote from Malcolm McLeod, keeper of the Department of Ethnography of the British Museum from 1974-1990: Museums are expected to collect things, yet museum collecting, in some cultures, need not be […]

12/20/19
Voices from the Conference “Museum Collections in Motion, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters“, Cologne, July 2019
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We are pleased to present 15 film interviews from the conference “Museum Collections in Motion”, co-organized by the boasblogs and held at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne in July 2019 with more than 300 participants.

To set museum visitors thinking
Voices from the conference 'Museum Collections in Motion‘
  Helen Verran: Historian and philosopher of science, Charles Darwin University, Australia’s Northern Territory Helen Verran is a historian and philosopher of science at the Charles Darwin University in Australia’s Northern Territory where she holds the position of University Professorial Fellow in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Societies. Before taking up that position […]

For a new relational ethics
Voices from the conference 'Museum Collections in Motion‘
  Felwine Sarr: Economist, scholar & writer, University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis, Senegal Felwine Sarr is a Senegalese scholar and writer born in 1972 in Niodior, in the Saloum Islands. He attends high school in Senegal before studying Economics at the University of Orleans where he obtains a doctorate in Economics in 2006. Full professor […]

Using collections in imaginative ways to speak to current problems
Voices from the conference 'Museum Collections in Motion‘
  Mary Mbewe: Doctoral student, University of Westen Cape / Historian, Mulungushi University, Zambia Mary Mbewe is a doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, where she also obtained her Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies and Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies under the African […]

Create a new ethical footing and relate to historical injustices
Voices from the conference 'Museum Collections in Motion‘
  Ciraj Rassool: Historian, University of Western Cape, Cape Town Since 2015: Fellowship, Morphomata Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Cologne Since 2009: Professor of History at the University of Western Cape 2005 -2008: Associated Professor; History, University of Western Cape 1999 -2004: Senior Lecturer, History, University of Western Cape 1989 -1998: […]

Giving back what is not meant to be here
Voices from the conference 'Museum Collections in Motion‘
  Bebero Lehmann: Historian, Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany, Cologne Bebero Lehmann is a historian based at the Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany, Cologne (DOMiD e.V.). She studied history and German language and literature in Darmstadt, Paris and Cologne. Since 2017 she offers (post-)colonial city tours through Cologne. In […]

We can correct what was done wrong in the past
Voices from the conference 'Museum Collections in Motion‘
  Richard Tsogang Fossi: Curatorial research fellow at MARKK-Hamburg (former Ethnological Museum) Richard TSOGANG FOSSI is a PhD. Holder in the field of Intercultural German and Memory Studies. He received training as DaF-Didaktiker for High Schools level and is also busy as part-time lecturer at the University of Dschang in Cameroon. His fields of research […]

The question is really that of local agency
Voices from the conference 'Museum Collections in Motion‘
  Nicholas Thomas: Writer, museum director, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge Nicholas Thomas has written widely on art and cross-cultural encounters in the Pacific, as well as on museum histories and futures. His books include The Return of Curiosity: what museums are good for in the twenty-first century (2016). Director of the Museum of […]