CFP: Thinking About the Archive & Provenance Research (DCNtR Blog)

In the debate about the colonial past of ethnological museums in Western Europe, provenance research has emerged in recent years as the main method for researching colonial legacies and addressing museums’ need for decolonisation. What has been lacking, however, is a debate about the theoretical implications of this approach – what kinds of knowledge can provenance research actually create?
For the full call, see:

This debate invites an interdisciplinary reflection on the future of the ethnological archive. We particularly encourage young scholars to submit their position papers and participate in this discussion.

We invite abstracts of no more than 200 words to be submitted to no later than 18 February 2022.

Accepted contributors will be asked to submit a 1000 word position paper by 20 March 2022, which will be published on the DCNtR Blog ( and serves as the basis for an internal workshop to be held on 8 April 2022.

The results of the workshop may be published as part of the blog’s open access Papers series (

Yagmur Karakis (University of Duesseldorf/Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum)
Carl Deußen (University of Amsterdam/Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum)