“Colloquium Provenance Research” on missionary collecting in colonial contexts

online via Webex
German Lost Art Foundation

The German Lost Art Foundation invites you in cooperation with CARMAH (Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage) to the event series „Kolloquium Provenienzforschung“ [Colloquium Provenance research].

On November 20, 2023, 6 pm, Dr. Gabriele Richter, Dr. Markus Scholz, Dr. Ohiniko Mawussé Toffa and Dr. Eeva-Kristiina Nylander will discuss „Missionary ‘Collecting’ in Colonial Contexts – Aspects of the Relationship between Mission and Colonialism".

The event will be in English language:

Since the 15th century, Catholic and Protestant missionary movements contributed to the worldwide spread of Christianity. In many cases, the establishment of European colonial rule also relied on their support. Against the background of the ongoing debate about cultural and collection goods from colonial contexts, a discussion about the relationship between mission and colonialism has also gained momentum. As recent research shows, missionaries often supported the acquisition activities of ethnological museums and anthropological collections. Several thousands of objects from missionary contexts can be found in German museums. These collections are material testimonies, both of the mission history and of the often violent suppression of local religious practices. In this discussion, we will try to approach the topic of missionary "collecting" from different disciplinary and thematic perspectives, based on examples from the Americas, West Africa, Papua New Guinea and Scandinavia.

Dr. Ohiniko Mawussé Toffa (Universität Leipzig)
Dr. Eeva-Kristiina Nylander (Museum Europäischer Kulturen)
Dr. Gabriele Richter (Universität Bremen)
Dr. Markus Scholz (Institut für Weltkirche und Mission, Hochschule St. Georgen)

The event will take place as a video conference via Webex. Participation is free of charge, but only possible after registration by November 17, 2023. The participants will receive their access data on the day of the event.

Register here:
German Lost Art Foundation
Heinrich Natho
Humboldtstr. 12 | 39112 Magdeburg, Germany
phone+49 (0) 391 727 763-23

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