Is Provenance Research Part of the Humboldt Forum’s DNA? Discussion on 20 September 2017


German colonialism, provenance research in ethnological collections, and the Humboldt Forum were topics of hot discussion in summer 2017. How are the Ethnologisches Museum’s collections really being handled? This will be the subject of a 20 September roundtable and series of slam presentations organized in cooperation with the RBB – the public broadcaster for Berlin and Brandenburg.

The evening will commence with a series of five-minute slam presentations from scholars who will explain the state of their own provenance research with the use of concrete examples. They will help to clarify what handling ethnologic objects looks like in practical terms and what exactly this research entails. This will be followed by a discussion on the origins of ethnological exhibits, how museums deal with the topic, and the next steps necessary for the field of provenance research. Maria Ossowski, ARD cultural correspondent, will lead the panel discussion.

Speakers include: 

  • Larissa Förster, curatorial assistant at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Johannes Vogel, Director of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
  • Christina Haak, Assistant Director-General at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Viola König, Director of the Ethnologisches Museum at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Hermann Parzinger, President of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (which oversees the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)

When and where
20 September 2017

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Museen Dahlem, Foyer
Lansstraße 8
14195 Berlin