The Long History of Claims for the Return of Cultural Heritage from Colonial Contexts

The Long History of Claims for the Return of Cultural Heritage from Colonial Contexts: 17 to 19 November 2021

International conference of the German Lost Art Foundation in cooperation with the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Research Center for Material Culture of the National Museum of World Cultures (Netherlands).

This important and very timely conference brought together scholars from the Global South and North (including Ethiopia, the Netherlands, Germany, Ghana, Colombia and the USA), who presented case studies and discussed fundamental questions of cultural heritage restitution from colonial contexts. In view of the current dynamics, the conference specifically reflected on the long histories of struggles for the return of cultural goods that have already been going on for many decades. Important aspects that repeatedly emerged in the discussions and contributions were: the connection between decolonisation and restitution, the significance of restitution as a set of complex and heterogeneous processes of historical reappraisal in the Global South as well as in the Global North, the indispensability of sustainable and lasting cooperation, and the necessity of opening colonial archives and repatriating their holdings or at least making them fully accessible to the societies of the Global South.

You can find the conference programme here.

brown pathway between white organizers

by @ula_kuzma on Unsplash.com, 12 Feb 2019. https://unsplash.com/photos/9i4DHlC80AQ.



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blog admin (2021, November 26). The Long History of Claims for the Return of Cultural Heritage from Colonial Contexts. Berlin's Australian Archive. Retrieved June 17, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/n05p

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