Video: Panel 1 “Transparency and Documentation”


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Moderation: Prof. Dr. Eckart Köhne (President of the German Museums Association)

Panelists: Prof. Dr. Wiebke Ahrndt (Director of the Übersee-Museum in Bremen), Flower Manase (Curator of the National Museum of Tanzania), Dr. Jonathan Fine (Head of the Ethnological Museum of the Berlin State Museums – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), Christian Nana Tchuisseu (Curator and Director of the Blackitude Museum, Chairperson of ICOM Cameroon)

Rapporteur: Dr. Michaela Stoffels (Policy Officer, Dpt. of Education, Culture, Sports and Non-Discrimination, Association of German Cities)

Participants of the panel on “Transparency and Documentation” discussed the challenges in the areas of documenting, digitizing and achieving transparency regarding collections from colonial contexts. One of the main topics discussed were the structures and support that German and European institutions will need to achieve transparency when dealing with collections from colonial contexts. Further relevant talking points where the tools and methods to present information about these collections online, in order to facilitate collaboration and make them easily accessible to colleagues in the countries and societies of origin. Participants also shared best practices related to achieving transparency in Europe as well as in the countries and societies of origin, and talked about the process of change that the museum as an institution will go through while documenting and digitizing collections from colonial context.

A summary of the main aspects discussed in the panel can be found here.