Moderation: Dr. Andreas Görgen (Head of the Department of Culture and Communication at the German Federal Foreign Office)
Panelists: Prof. Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner (Director Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt), Dr. George Abungu (Director of Okello Abungu Heritage Consultants), Prof. Dr. Barbara Göbel (Director of the Ibero-American Institute – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), Prof. Dr. Beate Reifenscheid (President of ICOM Germany), Juan Mayr Maldonado (Environmentalist and photographer, Former Colombian Ambassador to Germany)
Rapporteur: María Leonor Pérez Ramírez (Research Associate, German Contact Point for Collections from Colonial Contexts)
The panel on “Cultural Exchange and international Cooperation” presented an overview of varying experience and practical approaches regarding international cooperation and collaboration with the countries and societies of origin when dealing with collections from colonial contexts. Participants also shared possible ways forward to improve current international cooperation mechanisms and schemes and talked about the need to develop a more open and engaging dialogue to address the different needs, issues and expectations. In addition, participants also stressed the need to articulate different types of objects and collections by acknowledging that dealing with collections from colonial contexts is an issue that involves not only museums but also libraries and archives. The panel also offered an opportunity to present and discuss the challenges regarding cultural exchange and international cooperation, and to share ideas on future perspectives and improved mechanisms for exchange and collaboration.