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Ep #9.2 Decolonising colonial museums is a fallacy | Worlding Podcast

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The whole debate on the decolonisation of colonial museums is a misconception. The collection of cultural treasures from other societies in order to modernise the West, demonstrates that modernity has always been influenced by European white racism and required ‘primitive’ societies in order to feel superior. 

Dr. Christoph Balzar - a curator and art scholar with a focus on Postcolonial theory - argues that we cannot remove this cultural heritage from Ethnographic Museums and therefore they should be defunded, in particular the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. Christoph advocates for Decolonisation Councils that work independently from institutions and take up advisory functions, addressing unbalanced power dynamics and deconstructing the colonial ideologies that shape our world. 

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