Seminar "Colonialism's Heritage"

"Colonialism's Heritage of Museums and Archives" Highlights of the Seminar

The seminar "Colonialism's Heritage in Museums and Archives" (winter term 2016/17) was the first of Prof. Plummer's courses concerned with museum topics. Following seminars, such as "Indigenising the Museum" (summer term 2017) are concerned with similar issues.

Reisspeicher im Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Köln

Excursion The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne

As one student put it, “the museum is no longer simply the location of the exhibition, but it is part of the exhibition”. The ethnological museum in Cologne openly approaches its problematic history.

Mehr lesenzum Thema The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne
Foto des Essener Doms
Essener Dom Essen's Colonial Past

Next to, for instance, the British empire, German colonialism is often regarded as negligible. However, Colonialtracks shows that colonial traces can be found right in front of us, in the streets of Essen.

Mehr lesenzum Thema Essen's Colonial Past
Image of the library at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Wisbech and Fenland Museum

Film Screening Artist Talk with Multimedia Artist Sabine Bürger

The film Great Expectations portrays the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United Kingdom, by exploring the collections and archives of the museum, while simultaneously including passages from an interview with curator David Wright.

Mehr lesenzum Thema Artist Talk with Multimedia Artist Sabine Bürger
Image Soul of Africa-Museum
Image Soul of Africa-Museum

Excursion The Soul of Africa Museum, Essen-Rüttenscheid

Needles and dolls – voodoo is often wrongly associated with superstition and dubious ceremonies. The museum sheds light on these prejudices and presents a variety of artefacts from West African countries and the Caribbean.

Mehr lesenzum Thema The Soul of Africa Museum, Essen-Rüttenscheid

Remnants of Colonialism Repatriation and “Virtual Repatriation”

Skeletons, ancestors, body tissue? Indigenous and non-indigenous ideas of indigenous human remains kept in Western institutions differ fundamentally. Should they be studied or “repatriated”? And what is gained by the digitalisation of museum collections?

Mehr lesenzum Thema Repatriation and “Virtual Repatriation”

Feedback Students' Responses

In what ways is a seminar on colonial artefacts in museums relevant? Which topics were regarded as the most controversial? How can issues or methods dealt with during the seminar be useful for students’ research or professional careers?

Mehr lesenzum Thema Students' Responses

Winter Semester 2016/2017 "Colonialism's Heritage in Museums and Archives"

The course provided students with historical and theoretical knowledge, encouraging them to critically address colonialism's heritage in museums and archives in excursions, discussions and research projects.