Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Deutsche Welle Interview on "Macron Report"

Last week I attended an engaging conference: Heritage Deferred: Colonialism's Past and Present, organized by the Goethe-Institut and Prussian Heritage Foundation at the Ethnological Museum, Dahlem, in Berlin. The conference opened on November 22, ending the next day, Friday. That same Friday morning saw the release of the much anticipated Sarr-Savoy Report commissioned by French President Macron in response to his call for restitution of stolen, pillaged African art objects that came into French museums in the age of empire. Quite a few journalists came to the conference seeking opinions and responses to the report; what it means for Germany (where they are busy building a supermuseum--the Humboldt Forum--in the center of Berlin for their own ethnographic collections) and the world. Here is a podcast of my interview on Deutsche Welle that Friday: