Mon 01 Jun 2015

WeberWorldCafé “Museum, Power, and Identity”

The third WeberWorldCafé, “Museum, Power, and Identity” will take place at the Museen Dahlem in cooperation with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin on 11 June 2015. Art historians, curators and artists will discuss the implications of exhibiting non-European art and the question what stories the objects in museum collections can tell today.

How can artefacts be exhibited without falling into problematic categories like “Europe” and “the Other”? Can we make sense of the distinction between art and ethnology or art and material culture? What stories can objects in museums tell today? How can we revise the established narratives and rethink the role of museums? What are the alternative narratives, traditions and concepts?

Table hosts:
Mathias Alubafi (Pretoria), Beatrice von Bismarck (Leipzig), Mirjam Brusius (Oxford), Sophie Engelhardt (Berlin), Menno Fitski (Amsterdam), Britta Hochkirchen (Bielefeld), Paola Ivanov (Berlin), Axel Michaels (Heidelberg), Nabila
Oulebsir (Poitiers), Monika Pessler (Wien), Verena Rodatus (Berlin), Avinoam Shalem (New York), Wendy Shaw (Berlin), Kavita Singh (New Delhi), Mathilde ter Heijne (Kassel), Dorothea von Hantelmann (Kassel).

Concept and organization:
Hannah Baader (Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices/Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), Stefanie Rentsch (Forum Transregionale Studien) and Gesche Schifferdecker (Max Weber Stiftung).

The event is organized within the framework of Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, a research program at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and in cooperation with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

If you like to participate please register by sending your name and affiliation to
schifferdecker(at) by June 5, 2015.

The WeberWorldCafé is an interactive, biannual event format of the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsch Geiteswissenschaftliche Insitute im Ausland and the Forum Transregionale Studien that brings together researchers and practicioners from various disciplines and regions who meet and exchange their thoughts in a relaxed, coffeehouse-like atmosphere. We particularly invite students, young scholars and the interested public.

Please find more information here.

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