Decolonize Mitte! Humboldt Forum, Museum Island and the Palace (Berlin)

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November 19, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

“Decolonize Mitte! Humboldt Forum, Museum Island, and the Palace” (Berlin)


Panel discussion with

Wayne Modest (Tropenmuseum/World Culture Museum, Amsterdam), 

Iris Rajanayagam (xart splitta Berlin),

Annette Loeseke (NYU Berlin),

Stephanie Pearson (NYU Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin),

Moderator: Ares Kalandides (NYU Berlin).


19 November 2018, 18:00-20:00.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Grimm Zentrum, Auditorium, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1-3, Berlin.


As the Asian Art and Ethnological Museum collections move into the Humboldt Forum, questions have arisen about how to be responsible stewards of cultural heritage. Provenance research and repatriation are in the spotlight; but what is still missing from the public discourse is any recognition of—and attempt to grapple with—a far more pervasive problem: the colonial perspective that informs museum displays not only in the Forum (most evident in its architectural frame, the reconstructed imperial Schloss) but all across Museum Island. This public talk draws attention to the above challenges and searches for solutions. 


Please RSVP:


New York University Berlin & Humboldt University in Berlin


Berlin Dialogues @NYU, New York University Berlin, in cooperation with Think & Drink Colloquium, Georg Simmel Center, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Contact Info: 

Annette Loeseke, New York University Berlin