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16-17th June 2011: Symposium "One History -  Two Perspectives: Exhibiting the Northwest Coast in the Future Humboldt-Forum"

The future Humboldt-Forum where Berlin's Ethnologisches Museum will move in a few years, is currently the most prominent German museum project. For curators this move means both a major challenge and a major opportunity in presenting ethnological objects in a new and innovative way. The symposium with prominent participants from North America and Europe will focus on one of the oldest and best-known collections of the museum, its objects from the American Northwest Coast and the way it can be presented in the future Humboldt-Forum. International scholars, artists, and curators in the field of American Northwest Coast anthropology, art and history will exchange ideas and experience in the development of alternative readings of museum collections in contemporary exhibitions and through co-operational projects with source communities. The goal is to develop new ways of conveying the „cultural Other“ in a museum-setting as well as to draw attention to new aspects within the collections. The symposium is part of a joint research project of the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin and the Kennedy Institute for North American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin on "One History – Two Perspectives: Culturally specific modes of representation of the 'exotic Other' at the Pacific Northwest Coast." It is funded through a grant by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Some Impressions from the Symposium

Prof. Dr. Parzinger eröffnet das Symposium "One History - Two Perspectives"

Prof. Hermann Parzinger opens the symposium "One History - Two Perspectives"


Diskussionsrunde am 1. Symposiumstag im Ethnologischen Museum Berlin

The participants listen to a lecture at the Ethnological Museum Berlin on the first day of the symposium


Rainer Hatoums Vortrag im Ethnologischen Museum

Dr. Rainer Hatoum's lecture during the first day of the symposium


Jason Alsops Vortrag im John-F.-Kennedy-Institut

Jason Alsop gives his speech on the second day of the symposium


Jennifer Kramers Votrag im John-F.-Kennedy-institut

The participants of the symposium listen to Dr. Jennifer Kramer's lecture


Die Symposiumsteilnehmer verfolgen einen Vortrag am 2. Symposiumstag im John-F.-Kennedy-Institut

During a lecture at the John F. Kennedy Institute


Diskussionsrunde am 1. Symposiumstag im John-F.-Kennedy-Institut

Discussion during the closing panel


Abschließende Paneldiskussion

The closing panel of the symposium