Wiebke Ahrndt

Wiebke Ahrndt


  • Restitution, The role of museums, Decolonisation, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Bremen (Germany)

Wiebke Ahrndt is a German ethnologist, university lecturer and museum director. She studied Ethnology, Pre- and Early History in Göttingen and Bonn. She then spent various periods of study and research in Los Angeles and Mexico, earning his doctorate in the history of Ancient America in 1996. From late 1999 to early 2002 Wiebke Ahrndt was head of the American department of the Museum der Kulturen in Basel. She has been director of the Übersee-Museum Bremen since 2002. In 2006 she received an honorary professorship at the Faculty of Cultural Studies of the University of Bremen. Since May 2010 she has been a member of the board and was vice president of the German Museum Association from 2011 to 2018. She heads working groups to develop the “Recommendations for the Care of Human Remains in Museums and Collections” and the “Guidelines for the Care of Colonial Collections”.

Contributions by Wiebke Ahrndt