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04/08/2021 - 04/09/2021 | Bremerhaven

Virtual Conference: Seeing the "Other"? - Theories & Histories of (Post-)Colonial Visual Cultures

German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven in cooperation with the Institute for Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies, the Institute for Anthropology and Cultural Studies and the Institute for Art History/Film Studies/Art Education at the University of Bremen PD Dr. Gisela Parak, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf, PD Dr. Cordula Weißköppel, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Zanichelli

Conference Language: English, Time zone Central European Time (CET)

Contact: PD Dr. Gisela Parak

Programme of the Virtual Conference:

Thursday, 8 april 2021

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome Address

Prof. Dr. Iris Pigeot (Deputy Chair U Bremen Research Alliance, Scientific Director Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS)

9:10 – 9:30 Introduction

Prof. Dr. Sunhild Kleingärtner (Director, German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven - GMM) and PD Dr. Gisela Parak (GMM)

9:45 – 12:00 Panel „Theories and Methodologies“

Chair: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Zanichelli (University of Bremen)

9:45 – 10:30 Colonial Heritage in Museums. Critical Whiteness Studies in Practical Work

Prof. Dr. Anna Greve (State Museum for Art and Cultural History Bremen-Focke Museum/University of Bremen)

10:30 – 11:30 KEYNOTE: A Problem with Categories: Some Thoughts on Colonial Photographs in Museums

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Edwards (Professor Emerita, De Montfort University / Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, V&A Research Institute, London)

11:30 – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 14:45 Panel „German-Namibian Stories”

Chair: PD Dr. Cordula Weißköppel (University of Bremen)

12:30 – 13:15 “Ovizire - Somgu” From Where do We Speak? Confronting a Colonial Photo Collection in the Museum am Rothenbaum

Vitjitua Ndjiharine, artist & cultural scientist (Windhoek, New York) in dialogue with Ulrike Peters, historian (University of Hamburg)

13:15 – 14:00 Visual Analysis of Material Culture Represented via Two Stages of Governance in Namibia from Colonial to Pre-Apartheid Era

Dr. Frauke Stegmann (Visual Arts, University of Namibia)

14:00 – 14:45 Didactics of Decolonization in Higher Education: “Walking Windhoek” – Insights from Interdisciplinary Collaboration During a Workshop on Visual Storytelling

Dr. Martin Gruber & PD Dr. Cordula Weißköppel (University of Bremen)

14:45 – 15:15 Break

15:15 – 17:30 Panel „China and Japan“

Chair: Dr. Helga Rathjen (University of Bremen)

15:15–16:00 Johann Lauts’ Amateur Photographs. A Merchant’s Perspective on China

Jan Waßmann, M.A. (University of Oldenburg)

16:00–16:45 Souvenir Photography in Japan - Between Stereotype and Ar

Dr. Renate Noda (Übersee-Museum Bremen)

16:45 – 17:30 Picturing the Boxer War: Public and Private German Photo Albums

Prof. Dr. Thoralf Klein (Loughborough University)

Friday, 9 april 2021

8:00 – 10:15 Panel „Pacific“

Chair: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf (University of Bremen)

8:00 – 8:45 Say My Name: Countering Visual Narratives of Papua Niugini Bodies

Lisa Hilli (Artist & PhD researcher, Australian National University)

8:45 – 9:30 “Euer Deutscher Blauer Junge” – German Sailors & Samoans in the Early 1900’s: Snapshots from Private Albums

Tony Brunt (Independent Historian, New Zealand / Samoa)

9:30 – 10:15 Images Matter: Germans in the Pacific 1889-1914

Dr. Nicole Perry (University of Auckland)

10:15 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 13:00 Panel „Dealing with Anthropological Photo Collections in Museums and Other Research Institutions“

Chair: Dr. Elke Bauer (Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung)

10:45 – 11:30 Re/actions. Putting Images Online

Dr. Agnes Matthias (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)

11:30 – 12:15 Archives of the Future: Dealing with Colonial Photo Collection Items

Carolin Bräuer / Lucia Halder (Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne)

12:15 – 13:00 Creating Accessability – Whom, Why, and How Digitisation Might Help

Dr. Beatrice Voirol (Museum der Kulturen Basel)

13:00 End of Conference

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Conference Language: English, Time zone Central European Time (CET)

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04/08/2021 09:00 - 04/09/2021 13:00

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