Panel Discussion:

Ethnographic Museums and the Question of the Postcolonial

Together with the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) as part of the HTW Lecture Series, CARMAH welcomed Wayne Modest, who gave a thought-provoking and well-received talk on Ethnographic Museums and the Question of the Postcolonial at the Department of European Ethnology to a packed auditorium. Dr. Wayne Modest is the Head of the Research Center for Material Culture in Leiden and former Head of the Curatorial Department at the Tropenmuseum. He was previously the Keeper of Anthropology at the Horniman Museums and Gardens in London and Director of the Museums of History and Ethnography in Kingston, Jamaica, and has held visiting research fellowships at the Yale Centre for British Art, Yale University and the School for Museums Studies, New York University. The talk was followed by a panel discussion with Wayne Modest as well as Heike Hartmann and Sebastian Gottschalk, curators of current exhibition „German Colonialism. Fragments Past and Present“ (German Historical Museum – DHM), which takes a closer look at ethnographic, historical and scientific collections acquired during the colonial era.

Before the event participants were invited to visit the DHM exhibition together with the curators.

© Christian Beeck
© Christian Beeck
© Christian Beeck