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ONLINE BOOK PRESENTATION

“The Museum as a Site of Unlearning? Coloniality and education in ethnographic museums”

With Stephanie Endter (head of education, Weltkulturen Museum), Nora Landkammer (art educator, acting professor for art education, Academy of Fine Arts Munich) and Karin Schneider (art educator, head of art education for municipal museums in Linz) as well as other authors

How does the educational work of an ethnological museum respond to the colonial inheritance of institutions? Can an ethnological museum be a place of unlearning, and if so, how? This two-volume publication looks at museum education from a decolonising perspective.

Volume 1: Eine Analyse gegenwärtiger Diskurse in einem konfliktreichen Praxisfeld (An Analysis of Contemporary Discourses in a Conflict-Ridden Practice)
Nora Landkammer
Volume 2: Praxen und Reflexionen kritischer Bildung und Wissensproduktion (Practices of and Reflections on Critical Education and the Production of Knowledge) Edited by Stephanie Endter, Nora Landkammer, Karin Schneider

Vienna: Zaglossus, 2021

Vol. 1:
The first volume Eine Analyse gegenwärtiger Diskurse in einem konfliktreichen Praxisfeld (An Analysis of Contemporary Discourses in a Conflict-Ridden Practice) is based on a qualitative study structured around interviews with museum educators in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The analysis presents education in ethnological museums as a discipline marked by antagonistic categorisations of knowledge, situated between the conventions of visitor-oriented museum education, participation, reflexive ethnological approaches, and postcolonial criticism. It is precisely critical educators who see their actions in terms of contradictions. Through historical contextualisations the argument is made that these contradictions themselves have to be subjected to a decolonising reading and realigned in order to create the scope for action. Postcolonial and decolonial entry points within the discipline of pedagogy serve as the basis for carving out “double binds” that are central to a pedagogical ethics in ethnological museums, while also providing a starting point for decolonising perspectives.

Vol. 2:
This volume is dedicated to a range of voices about the Praxen und Reflexionen kritischer Bildung und Wissensproduktion (Practices of and Reflections on Critical Education and the Production of Knowledge), which show that educational work which is critical of coloniality is concerned not with realising individual projects but rather with addressing contradictions, and with the ongoing criticism of structures that individuals are themselves involved with. The articles in this book provide ideas that can be used in everyday practice as well as those that question that practice.
The common characteristic of all the written contributions is that they bridge the gap between utopian decolonisation and the frequently sobering everyday work in institutions, by reflecting upon concrete practices as well as their potential and their contradictions.

With contributions by: Julia Albrecht, Bea Barrois, Stephanie Endter, Nadine Golly, Rilando June Lamadjido, Pernilla Luttropp, Nora Landkammer, Berit Mohr, Trinity Mesimé Njume-Ebong, Carolin Philipp, Esther Poppe, Pia Razenberger, Karin Schneider, Nora Schön, Hodan Warsame and Simone Zeefuik

The book presentation takes place via Zoom.

As part of the exhibition “HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT. From Being Rendered Invisible and Becoming Visible”




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