Challenges facing the Education at the Weltkulturen Museum

Over recent years, ascription issues, forms of display and restitution claims have fuelled a debate in German-speaking countries on the remit and tasks of ethnological museums. These crucial issues have major implications for museum education services and require education officers to engage with and critique the debate to develop their own positions. This publication takes the educational and outreach practices in Frankfurt’s Weltkulturen Museum as a basis for positing and exploring new approaches to opening up new perspectives and avoiding stereotyping.

Edited by Stephanie Endter and Carolin Rothmund.
Published in Kerber Verlag. Special price: €20.
With the generous support of the Aventis Foundation under its “eXperimente” cultural initiative.


2PM – 5PM: Anti-Bias Workshop FULLY BOOKED
Karin Joggerst
(Anti-Bias-Forum Freiburg)
Weltkulturen Vermittlung, Schaumainkai 29

To mark the publication of Something about Africa, Weltkulturen Education is offering an anti-bias workshop exploring the significance of our own (cultural) background and identity in our educational work. Values and social norms may flow unconsciously into our work, and can generate a bias culminating in prejudices and stereotyping. Those working in education, though, need to be aware of possible prejudices and self-reflective on their own position within social and individual power structures. The anti-bias workshop, which also uses exercises to present the anti-bias approach, offers an important impetus for our daily work.
In German. €15. Registration: 069 212 45115 or

6PM: Talk
“Assembling and Analysing – Areas for Action in Education and Educational Services”
Nora Sternfeld
(Professor of Curating and Mediating Art, Aalto University, Finland)
Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37

Museums and exhibitions are not only locations where knowledge is disseminated, but also reinterpreted, acquired, negotiated and discussed. How can we reflect on and critique clichés and ascriptions? In this process, which canonical categories and assumptions from institutions and educators are reproduced? Is there something which cannot be said? And when and how can it be discussed? Taking examples of projects by trafo.K, a Vienna-based office for research and educational projects, Nora Sternfeld highlights the challenges and opportunities for opening up spaces for critical thought in education and creating resistant zones of action.
In German. €3 / reduced €1.50

The evening concludes with a discussion with the authors and a reading by writer Phyllis Kiehl.

Thursday, 24. September 2015 -
14:00 to 21:00