SENKU Seminar med Wayne Modest:
Dark Time – Museums in the Time of Decolonisation
This presentation explores the recent (re)emergence and (possible) analytical yield of the concept of “decolonisation” to do justice work in dark times, in times of decolonisation. This work is being done across different domains of museums, universities, but more broadly in society. While making broad conceptual strokes and looking at different practices globally, I will take the work being done by the National Museum of World Cultures/Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, where I have worked for almost a decade, as my starting point of thinking.
My presentation will locate decolonisation within a longer trajectory of such justice work, focused on museums (and on Universities), and connecting with other concepts such as diversity and inclusion which are increasingly being challenged in contemporary activist mobilisation.
My hope for this presentation, and for the workshop which it accompanies, is to think critically together about the nature of the concept of decolonisation, to exchange ideas about the national and transnational mobilisation of this concept, and about the possible limits and possibilities of the concept for generalised application.