Objects from Colonial Contexts: Limits and Potentials of their Musealization

My lecture puts up for discussion the limits and potentials of musealization on the basis of objects from the Religionskundliche Sammlung (Museum of Religions in Marburg), which were acquired in the 1930s by the then director and originate from the former German colonial territory, today Papua New G...

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Published in:Religious Materials: Emic Perspectives - Etic Constructions - Museum Classifications. REDIM Conference 2021
Main Author: Rodemeier, Susanne (Dr.)
Format: Presentation
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2021
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Summary:My lecture puts up for discussion the limits and potentials of musealization on the basis of objects from the Religionskundliche Sammlung (Museum of Religions in Marburg), which were acquired in the 1930s by the then director and originate from the former German colonial territory, today Papua New Guinea. The colonial context alone makes it necessary to clarify the provenance of these objects in more detail and to ask how they should be dealt with in the future. Since they were once used without exception in a religious context, this question is particularly sensitive. The source material on these objects is very little, but there are several indications that we are dealing with objects that were understood as powerful ancestors and that were appropriated by missionaries taking advantage of unequal power relations. By means of an exhibition in which research processes on objects from colonial contexts are visualized and which is constantly expanded depending on the state of research, I want to show the potentials and limits of musealization of religious objects.
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DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/es2022.0004