CONF: Going Global: New Challenges in the Field of Provenance Research (Romont, 15 Sep 2022)

Provenance research is not only a central field of museum activity, but has also increasingly become the focus of academic research. Since the 2018 report edited by Bénédicte Savoy and Felwine Sarr on the restitution of African artworks from French collections, Provenance studies have expanded to include an important new aspect: the question of provenance in colonial contexts. The workshop will provide insights into ongoing research and open the discussion to a wider audience.

Organizers: Francine Giese, Sarah Keller, Sarah Tabbal (Vitrocentre Romont), Daniela Roberts (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)


09:00–09:30    Welcome and registration
09:30–10:00    Opening Remarks
Francine Giese (Vitrocentre Romont) and Daniela Roberts (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)

10:00–11:00    Keynote Lecture
Esther Tisa Francini, Museum Rietberg Zürich
Provenienzen im Dialog: Die Gegenwart und die Zukunft von Sammlungen

11:00–11:30    Coffee break

11:30–12:00    Michael A. Lally, Temple University, Philadelphia
To Wear, To See: Object Biographies and The History of Mobility in the Nineteenth-Century Western Indian Ocean

12:00–12:30    Alona Dubova, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Zurückgeben und zugleich Behalten? Rückforderungen und Rückführungen ethnographischer Fotografien

12:30–14:00    Lunch break

14:00–14:30    Franziska Niemand, Vitrocentre Romont / Université de Fribourg
19th-century World’s Fairs and the question of provenance

14:30–15:00    Maria Anna Rogucka, Humboldt University, Berlin
From the Private to the State Affairs: Revising the Trajectory of Polish Colonialism & Museums’ Provenance Research

15:00–15:30    Sarah Lakhal, Sorbonne Université, Paris
Les objets du Maghreb dans les musées français : collecte et exposition

15:30–16:00    Inga Benedix, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg
Koloniale Provenienzen sichtbar machen – Interventionen am Rautenstrauß-Jost Museum Köln

16:00–16:15    Final Remarks and Discussion

The workshop will be held at the Vitromusée Romont, Rue du Château 108b, 1680 Romont
Participation is free of charge, registration is required by September 12, 2022 at

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