Transnational Custodianship of Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century
Abstr. due: 15.08.2018
Dates: 10.10.18 — 11.10.18
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
Organizers: Bodding Collection of Santali Cultural Heritage
During the colonial period collections of objects and manuscripts have been assembled and brought from Africa and Asia to Europe. A considerable number of collections, sub-collections, single artefacts and manuscripts are nowadays stored or on exhibition in private collections or public archives, museums and libraries in Europe and South Asia. Some of these collections have relevance for the collective identities of the people, often ethnic minorities, who constitute the original source communities and have rights of access and co-management, according to international treaties on cultural rights.
The specific contexts of the collection processes (e.g. acquisition, donation also involving power structures), later shifts in museum politics, technical and cultural aspects of storage, conservation and display deserve new scrutiny on a comparative basis. There are academic and political debates on returning specific collections and instances of collections being given back in parts or completely. There is much to be learned from such pioneer efforts. Digitalization opens new opportunities for virtual repatriation, but also raises a number of intricate intercultural, collaborative (education, training needs) and technical questions.
The working meeting invites contributors to share their perspectives on transnational custodianship of cultural heritage comprising manuscripts and objects collected on e.g. artistic, anthropological or historical purposes in Africa and Asia. Projects already involving (or planning to do so) dialogues or formalised cooperation (including co-management) with the people belonging to the source communities are particularly invited.