15/05/21
 
About 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 […]

A Response to Horst Bredekamp
In an op-ed entitled “Fanatics of Purity”, published on March 8 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the prominent art historian Horst Bredekamp — a founding director of the Humboldt Forum, and a director of the international research group of which I am a member – declares “postcolonialism” and “political correctness” to be nothing less […]

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 […]

Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage
Museum Cultures in Context
The heritage of Ancient Egypt is dispersed across the globe, with little recognition of the complex histories implied in objects. In this conversation with Richard Bussmann, Anna Brus, Juliane Hornung, Stefanie Michels, Ciraj Rassool, and Martin Zillinger, Alice Stevenson positions the study of ancient Egypt in the broader context of decolonization, knowledge production and museum […]

Present Imperfect, Future Intense:
The Digital Opening of the Humboldt Forum
On December 16, 2020, the Humboldt Forum—a major cultural centre in the middle of Berlin—officially opened. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening took place online and consisted of two events: a press conference and an opening ceremony. Ambitious and expensive, the Humboldt Forum has been fraught with controversy ever since it was conceived. And […]

DCNtR Debate
The Gender of Ethnographic Collecting
It has long been accepted that colonialism had a distinctive epistemic dimension, which was upheld by disciplines such as social anthropology and other knowledge-making projects. Under this colonial episteme, people and human experiences were hierarchically classified according to racial categories and ethnography and ethnographic collecting were key components in these processes. However, the colonial regime […]

On Decolonizing Knowledge Production and the Museum
Telling the Complex Stories of One Museum Object
Mirjam Brusius and Ulrike Lindner talk about new ways to include marginalized voices into the discussion on heritage and museums. They address the importance of acknowledging academic as well as non-academic forms of knowledge in order to tell different stories and to make them more accessible to wider audiences. As a means to move forward […]

Setting the Agenda Right:
Restitution Matters in Ghana
Gertrude Aba Eyifa-Dzidzienyo and Stefanie Michels talk about the urgence of material restitution of objects from Western museums to Ghana as a starting point in a longer conversation about the past and its significance for the present. This interview is the first contribution to our new “Museums in Motion Workshop Series”. Contributions will be uploaded […]

The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
A place to forge new connections to the objects
Interview[1] with Emmanuel Kasarhérou. “When it comes to creating exhibitions, a museum constructs certain approaches, it looks at areas, some of which don’t lead anywhere, it explores them nonetheless. That’s the role of the institution, so let’s explore now”. The new director of the Quai Branly Museum Jacques Chirac, discusses his research design with Bernard […]

The Dangers of a Comfortable Debate
A Review of Across Anthropology. Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial by Margareta von Oswald and Jonas Tinius
I was excited when I first read the announcement for the publication of Margareta von Oswald’s and Jonas Tinius’ edited volume Across Anthropology. Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial. The long list of contributors, ranging from influential voices in the debate on ethnographic museums to positions from art and activism, promised a thorough discussion […]

Ringen um Rückgabe
Frühe Forderungen der Maori nach Restitution und Repatriierung, 1945-1947
Currently, this contribution exists only in the German version, translation under way.