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Material Migrations

Objects, Museums, and Matters of Restitution. Perspectives from West Africa.

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15 February 2023

16:30 - 18:00 CET



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This event brings together international scholars in art history, history, archaeology and critical heritage studies to discuss West Africa's connections with the wider world, intra-African and cross-continental dynamics.

The roundtable will shed new light on the lives and afterlives of objects, their itineraries, transformations, and responses to them, including their role in local communities, museums, and other contexts today.

Transcultural connectivity, complex entanglements of long- and short-distance relationships, and migrations of people, objects, materials, knowledge, and ideas have been central research foci in the humanities and social sciences in the past decades. So have been complex intersections between connectivity and resistance. This roundtable contributes to these discussions by interrogating the role of objects, museums, and matters of restitution in a transcultural perspective with a special focus on West Africa.

Photo: Nupe brass smiths of Bida, A bowl with elaborate floral designs, 2022, photograph during field visit by Abubakar Muhammad

Scientific Organiser(s):

Dario Willi (European University Institute)

Vera-Simone Schulz (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut)


Gertrude Aba Mansah Eyifa-Dzidzienyo (University of Ghana)

Daniel Kumah (University of Ghana)

Rabiu Yusuf (Ahmadu Bello University)

Abubakar A. Muhammad (Ahmadu Bello University)

Response: Cécile Fromont (Yale University)

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