»Imperial Lives. Biographic Approaches as Decolonial Practice«
The international conference aims to discuss new biographic approaches to research and storytelling – as a part of decolonial practice for ethnographic museums. The conference is a result of the research project “Wilhelm Joest and the Intimacies of Colonial Collecting”: the German ethnographer (1852-1897) was the founding collector of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne. The project has resulted in two books that may serve as expressions of the conference’s “researching” and “storytelling” approach: a biography and a critically commented edition of six of Joest’s texts.
Paul Basu, Universität Bonn
Vanessa Opoku, PARA Kollektiv
Patrice Nganang, Stony Brook University / NY
Organized by Carl Deußen und Dr. Anne Haeming.