Panel Learning from Each Other: Restitution as an Ethical and Legal Challenge

Learning from Each Other: Restitution as an Ethical and Legal Challenge © EL BOUM
With Leora Bilsky (Lawyer, Tel Aviv), Larissa Förster (Cultural and Social Anthropologist, Berlin), Alexander Herman (Lawyer, London/Toronto), John Nakuta (Lawyer, Windhoek), Ayisha Osori (Author and Consultant, Lagos) 

Handling looted cultural goods has become a theme that is frequently and controversially discussed – all the more so since the publication of the restitution report by Bénédicte Savoy and Felwine Sarr in November 2018. In the subtitle of their report, the authors call for a new relationship ethic that not only clarifies the legality of ownership through the “restitution” of the cultural heritage, but also turns it into a social negotiation. The panel looks upon this request as a reason to sound out the potential but also the boundaries of restitution as transitional justice originating from different contexts and experiences – the return of Jewish property plundered during the National Socialist regime for example. Can a multidirectional perspective be used productively in a postcolonial context? The panel consists of experts in legal, anthropological and civilisation theory and practice.

In English, simultaneously translated into German.

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