Moderation: Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert (Secretary General of the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States)
Panelists: Prof. Dr. Ines de Castro (Director of the Linden-Museums in Stuttgart), Te Herekiekie Herewini (Head of Repatriation at the Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand), Alexander Herman (Assistant Director at the Institute of Art and Law, United Kingdom), Dr. El Hadji Malick Ndiaye (Curator of the Théodore Monod Museum of African Art – Institut Fondamental D’Afrique Noire in Dakarl).
Rapporteur: Dr. Leopold von Carlowitz (Former Research Associate, German Contact Point for Collections from Colonial Contexts)
Participants of the panel on Return presented the current mechanisms and best practices for the return of cultural objects from colonial contexts and discussed the main political, ethical, legal and practical challenges in this topic. Participants also shared their personal and professional views on this complex topic and talked about the relevance of agreeing on the right terminology when addressing issues related to the return of cultural objects or human remains. Another relevant aspect during the discussion was the significance of “return” as a means for doing justice for the past wrongs and as a main component for the long process of reconciliation and decoloniality which Germany and Europe should embark on together with the countries and societies of origin.