Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

Workshop: May 9-11, 2019
Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, not open to public

Organization: Monique Scheer (Universität Tübingen) & Pamela Klassen (University of Toronto)

May 9th, 2019, 6.30 pm Discussion open to public Website Event

In their collections and buildings, museums often carry more than just traces of religion and spirituality. Entry points and custodians for a broad array of artifacts, museums curate and narrate stories of religion, past and present, for a wide audience. These are also contested narratives, so museums are increasingly called upon to address a critical and transparent examination of the colonial and sometimes violent provenance of many of the things in their care and reflect how notions of reconciliation function as a pathway to publicly remember national histories of exclusion, xenophobia, and violence.

Featuring a public panel on Thursday evening and a two-day (non-public) multidisciplinary workshop bringing together renowned international curators and scholars, “Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance” will galvanize a conversation about religion and public memory across theoretical, curatorial, and historical perspectives. – organized by Prof. Dr. Pamela Klassen and Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer.

Jewish Museum Berlin in cooperation with the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and the University of Toronto, supported by the Humboldt Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.