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Museums and the Islam Debate: How Political are Cultural Institutions?

WEITWINKEL – Global Perspectives on Collections

Sat 23.11.2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Lecture series | Panel discussion / Adults

Museums and the Islam debate – how political are cultural institutions?

For more than a decade, domestic political debate has been dominated by the question of how a diverse society influenced by migration can be organised. Muslims are in particular focus in this discussion. The fronts appear to be hardening, with those stirring up fears of “Islam” gaining power – a development confirmed by the latest election results. Museums and collections of Islamic art are now faced with the question of how political they have to be in the current situation. To what extent is it their task to help shape societal change by taking a clear position? How might they use their collections to develop content that can deliver answers to the questions of a changing and uncertain society? Which formats are suitable for this? And how can they counter the danger of speaking for the minority rather than giving it a voice?

Participants in the discussion:

Massumeh Farhad (Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Washington), Lamya Kaddor (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Yannick Linz (Louvre Museum, Paris) und Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin)

Moderation: Reinhard Fischer (Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung)