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Follow-up to the Annual Conference 2016

Apr 27, 2017

On April 24, 2017, the follow-up event to the Cluster´s 2016 Annual Conference took place at the Bode-Museum in Berlin under the heading "A Conversation: Negotiating Cultural Heritage. Making, Sustaining, Breaking, Sharing". Cluster Members Prof. Monica Juneja, Prof. Barbara Mittler, and Associate Member Prof. Inga Mai Groote participated in the conversation.

The follow-up to the last Cluster´s 2016 Annual Conference “Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture” entitled "A Conversation: Negotiating Cultural Heritage. Making, Sustaining, Breaking, Sharing" was a joint cooperation with several project partners and took place on April, 24, 2017, at the Bode-Museum in Berlin. The event focused on cultural heritage from different perspectives such as architecture, artworks, crafted objects, texts, music, as well as sites, places, sounds, and tastes. Besides, the event focused on cultural goods which are reference points for narratives of heritage and community.

Drawing on the discussions of the conference “Making, Sustaining, Breaking: The Politics of Heritage and Culture” that took place in October 2016 in Heidelberg, the following questions were debated: What does cultural heritage mean in different national and regional contexts? Who can claim it as theirs, and who decides what constitutes cultural heritage, how it is preserved, displayed, or restored? Should museums and other cultural institutions act as preservationists, explorers, or mediators of this heritage? Can their practices be decolonized? Which other forms of cultural heritage could be included in museal representations and archaeological practices? How to share cultural heritage?

The conversation was structured into three parts. The event opened with a joint introductory session by the representative of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin, Cluster Member Prof. Barbara Mittler and Dr. Hannah Baader from KHI Florenz/Art Histories in Berlin. It was followed by the WeberWorldCafé, which included nine round tables and dealt with different topics around cultural heritage. The WeberWorldCafé provided space for a conversation between the speakers and the audience. The follow-up was concluded by a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Hannah Baader with Dr. Ralph Bodenstein (DAI Berlin), Cluster member Prof. Monica Juneja, Prof. Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin) and Prof. Gerhard Wolf (KHI Florenz/Art Histories, Berlin).

The Conversation was convened by the Forum Transregionale Studien, the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) and the Max Weber Stiftung. As a new cooperation partner, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz jointed the event.

Prof. Barbara Mittler is Director of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Deputy Director Centre of Asian Studies, as also Chair and Professor of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University.

Prof. Monica Juneja is HCTS Professor for the Chair of "Global Art History", and Speaker of Research Area D "Historicities and Heritage".

Prof. Inga Mai Grote is Associate Member and Professor at the Musicology Seminar at Heidelberg University.

Please find further information on the Blog for Transregional Research.


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