Margareta von Oswald
The role of museums, Colonial legacy, Reappraisal of the colonial past
Margareta von Oswald Margareta von Oswald is an anthropologist trained at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Bordeaux), the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2016, she has been a research fellow in the multi-researcher and multi-location ethnography Making Differences: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (Berlin). Based on a two-year-ethnography in Berlin’s Ethnologisches Museum (Germany) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium), Margareta von Oswald’s doctoral research analyses the restructuring processes and accompanying controversies of anthropological museums in Europe. In particular, she has been interested in the ways in which the museums relate to and deal with the museums’ colonial legacies and their reverberations in the present. From 2016-2019, she has co-organised the seminar series Rewriting the Colonial Past: Contemporary Challenges of Museum Collections (EHESS, Paris). In 2015, she curated the exhibition Object Biographies with Verena Rodatus (Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin).