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Thursday, 11. May 2023 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Save in my calendar

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Restitution as an end or starting point: What happens after the return?

Return of ancestors and restitution of stolen cultural property are important steps towards coming to terms with colonial injustice. But restitution should not be the end point of the entangled history of survivors and descendants of perpetrators, but should enable the transition to a new relational ethic. What needs to happen for politics, museums and the public in Europe to move in this direction? What expectations do the communities of origin and their governments have of the former colonial powers for the time after restitution? And how can future-oriented cooperation grow out of such processes?


  • Molemo Moiloa, artist, Museum Futures Africa, Open Restitution Africa, South Africa
  • Sylvie Njobati, restituition activist / founder Sysy House of Fame, Cameroon
  • Dr. Oluwatoyin Zainab Sogbesan, Director ÀSA Heritage Africa / architect, cultural historian, art and heritage specialist, and museologist, Nigeria
  • Dr. Richard Legay, senior researcher, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler, director, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut, Germany
  • Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, art scholar / curator, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt a. M.

Moderation: Aisha Camara


Maria Kind
E kind@boell.de


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