Rethinking Power Relations – for a decolonised and non-racial world
Which transformations were necessary to free museums from the shackles of colonialism? Ciraj Rassool highlights the developments in South African museums since the mid-nineties.
Starting from October 2020, Latitude on Air will broadcast a two-hour radio programme once a month in the online-stream here on the website. For the kick-off, the focus was on the highlights of the Latitude-Festival 2020. The subsequent monthly shows will take place every last Friday of the month from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The theme on 27.11.2020 was “Museums as crime scenes”.
Cooperative ventures between museums in the Global North and those in the Global South are likely to be structured quite differently in future, explains Barbara Plankensteiner, Director of the Museum am Rothenbaum World Cultures and Arts (MARKK) in Hamburg
Jon Weinberg on the necessity of new concepts for African museums
How museums in Africa with their urgently needed reorientation can at the same time take into account the traditions and expectations of their audience, explains George Abungu, archaeologist and former director of the National Museum of Kenya.
“From the late twentieth century onward, ethnographic museums were challenged - some critics considered them just as stores of colonial loot. Curators responded by reinventing their practice, seeking to work more collaboratively and inclusively”.
Professor Nicholas Thomas on the redefinition of ethnographic collections, more in the interview “The museum inside-out”:
In order to actively participate in and follow the discourse on colonialism, it is important to understand where it all began. How much do you know about German colonial history? Test yourself with our egometer and find out where you stand!
The return of both human remains and cultural objects held in Western museums back to the communities of origin must be on the same agenda, says history professor Ciraj Rassool. He spoke to “Latitude” on new ethics for museums.
Tourism contributes significantly to the conservation of cultural heritage. Noel Lwoga, Director-General of National Museum of Tanzania, highlights the importance of the close partnership between the museum and the local communities.
The Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich has embarked on a collaborative venture with scientists and communities of origin in Cameroon to research its collection from colonial times.
The restitution debate is creating quite an impact. And yes, it’s essential for it to be held – as publicly and passionately as possible, says Wiebke Ahrndt, Director of the Übersee-Museum Bremen.
How can museums work together with local communities to redefine and reshape their role in those communities? Mandy Sanger, the Head of Education at the District Six Museum in Cape Town, sheds light on a participatory pedagogical approach.
Museum in Rio de Janeiro brings together information on the topic of forced evictions, creating an important space in the city for memory and contemporary Afro-Brazilian art, explains Miriane Peregrino.
Is the orally transmitted cultural heritage of Africa in danger? An interview with Abiti Nelson, curator of ethnography and history at the Uganda Museum.