What does the future hold for ethnographic museums?
The following Interview with Nelson Adebo Abiti was conducted in Cologne during the conference “Museum Collections in Motion: Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters” in July 2019, where artists, curators, experts, young researchers and scholars from around the world came together to speak about the need to decolonize museums and to find new forms of cooperation. It […]

Tervuren Invisible
Tervuren invisible (2007) is a videowork based on a critical interview with the Congolese painter Francis Mampuya. This interview was done in 2007 in Belgium, while Mampuya was there for a solo-exhibition in the framework of the Belgo-Congolese cultural project Yambi. This video is part of “ôtre k’ ôtre”, a video-installation by Kristin Rogghe & […]

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Voices from the Conference “Museum Collections in Motion, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters“, Cologne, July 2019
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.

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To set museum visitors thinking
  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 […]

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For a new relational ethics
  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 […]

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Using collections in imaginative ways to speak to current problems
  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 […]

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Create a new ethical footing and relate to historical injustices
  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: […]

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Giving back what is not meant to be here
  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
  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
  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 […]

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We need a ‘Museum Truth Repatration and Restitutions Commission’
  Wandile Kasibe: Sociologist, museologist, Chevening scholar and public programmes coordinator at Iziko Museums of South Africa (but comments in his personal capacity) Wandile Kasibe is a UCT PhD Candidate in Sociology, his research focuses on “Museums and the Construction of Race Ideologies”. As a student, Kasibe was involved in the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF), […]

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What we really need is a collaboration with the African diaspora here
  Rokia Bamba: sound designer and DJ, Brussels Since she picked up her headphones again, Rokia Bamba’s star is rising quickly in Brussels and Paris. She is not DJ-ing in just any circuit, but picks out the activist circles of Globalicious, La Colonie, Massimadi – where she curates the whole DJ-programming – and the New […]

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Rewrite this archive
  Paul Tichmann: Historian, Iziko Museums of South Africa Paul Tichmann is a doctoral student in the History department at the University of the Western Cape. He is the Director of the Collections and Digitisation department at the Iziko Museums of South Africa and was formerly the curator of the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum in […]

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Create a dialogue with people from all over the world about the objects we hold
  Stefanie Bach: Curator, State Ethnographic Collections Saxony Stefanie Bach is a curator for Global Art History with special reference to Africa at the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, State Art Collections Dresden, Germany. She was a curatorial assistant at the Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden and the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig from […]

History is on our side
  Folarin Shyllon: Legal scholar, University of Ibadan, Nigeria Folarin Shyllon read law at King’s College London. He is the Chairperson of Nigerian Chapter UNESCO Memory of the World Committee. He specializes in cultural property law and intellectual property law. He is the author of Intellectual Property Law in Nigeria (C.H. Beck, Munich, Germany, 2003), […]

We must de-ethnographize the objects
  El Hadji Malick Ndiaye: Art historian and curator, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar El Hadji Malick Ndiaye is an art historian based at Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal. He holds a PhD in Art History (University of Rennes II. France) and is a former postdoc of the Center for Research in […]

The postcolonial museum has less objects and more people in it
  Bernard Mueller: Anthropologist and curator, Cologne Bernard Müller is an anthropologist and curator based in Cologne. He studies research devices inspired by the ethnographic field, as they develop today in and outside scientific institutions. He is particularly interested in staging processes, be they scenic devices (theater, rituals, performance, etc.), museum scenographies or any situation […]

Bring up what is hidden about German colonialism
   Mnyaka Sururu Mboro: teacher & board member of Berlin Postkolonial Mnyaka Sururu Mboro, born 1951 near the Kilimandjaro in today’s Tanzania, is based in Berlin. Retired as a teacher he is still an activist, co-founder and board member of the non-government organisation Berlin Postkolonial. Mboro is actively committed to commemorate German colonial crimes […]