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Beyond the objects: decolonising work in scicomm and museums - Part 2

Commitment: Equity & inclusion

This is the 2nd part of a two-part session, part one is here.

In small group discussions, our speakers from the Global North and the Global South will engage with participants on how to do their own decolonising work in their institutions, sharing their own experiences of success and failure. A main focus is how to grow decolonisation beyond short projects and make them fair and sustainable. All individual speakers' summaries are jumping-off points – you guide the discussion with your questions and comments.

After a quick return to the plenary to summarise the discussions, participants will create pledges on their future decolonising work.


Curator Text and Language
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Amparo Leyman Pino
San Francisco
United States

Session speakers

Gabriele Zipf Futurium
Head of Exhibitions at Futurium
Gabi and Liz Rasekoala will host an engaging discussion which invites the participants to share their experiences with (the fear of making) mistakes, uncertainties and linguistic problems in planning and realizing decolonisation projects with diverse partners.
Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala
African Gong- the Pan-African Network for the Popularisation of Science & Technology, and Science Communication
South Africa
In conversation with Gabi Zipf.
Project director / researcher
Ethnological Museum of Berlin
How is "colonialisation" defined in your country or institution? Is the majority of communities interested in this topic and would they work for decolonisation? How could the process of "decolonisation" become more common, and should it? How could museum objects be used as a tool of decolonisation in our very complicated time and circumstances? There is more than just giving back objects...
Head of Collections and Exhibitions
Manchester Museum, the University of Manchester
United Kingdom
George and Alex will discuss how the relationships, between the museum, AIATSIS, and Traditional Owners, continue to build and seek reconciliation after repatriation. They will ask what does reconciliation after repatriation look like? What are meaningful and collborative ways for Indigenising the museum?
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Curator of Indigenous Perspectives
Manchester Museum (University of Manchester)
United Kingdom
In conversation with George Young.
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Researcher & Community Engagement Coordinator
Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studiesl
How can we make (exhibition) projects relevant to different communities? What are common factors, what are individual factors?
Post -doctoral fellow
University Of Mauritius
Devina and Caroline Turré will talk about their biggest challenges in bringing about the "Africa2020" cultural season: What surprised them? Did anything go exactly as they suspected or hoped it would? What are the mistakes they made that you can now totally avoid?
International Affairs Officer
In conversation with Devina Lobine.
Eva Trujillo
Cultural Resources Manager NAGPRA
Museum of Us
San Diego
United States
How can we bring sustainable change in terms of decolonising and diversity into institutions? What changes do they need to enact, beyond lip service to those terms, to actually feel welcoming to people previously discriminated against?
Museum of Us
San Diego, Californai
United States
In conversation with Eva Trujillo.