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Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

Discussion (with Video Recording)

Photography of a totem pole in a foggy landscape with lake

Ts'aahl totem pole by Garner Moody in Skidegate on the island Haida Gwaii, Canada, 2001; photo: Raven Ryland, Courtesy Haida Heritage Centre

In their collections and their buildings, museums often carry traces of religion, past and present, which they curate and narrate for diverse audiences. Increasingly, museums are called on to represent and acknowledge the politics embedded in these collections, whether by repatriating spiritually-charged objects acquired through colonial networks or by telling more complex stories of national histories of racism, antisemitism, and violence.

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Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

Video recording of the discussion Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance on 9 May 2019; Jewish Museum Berlin 2019

This public panel featured presentations by two museum curators who have long reflected on these issues: Jisgang Nika Collison (Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Nation & Canada) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony, Germany).

Chair: Sharon Macdonald (CARMAH, Humboldt-University Berlin)

The event is a cooperation with the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and the University of Toronto, supported by the Humboldt Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

Photography of a totem pole in front of a cloudy sky

K'uunna totem pole by Jim Hart in Skidegate on the island Haida Gwaii, Canada, 2001; photo: Raven Ryland, Courtesy Haida Heritage Centre

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  • When 9 May 2019
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

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