Virtual Conference: Seeing the "Other"? - Theories & Histories of (Post-)Colonial Visual Cultures

Blog | 28.02.2021

Programme und registration for the Virtual Conference on:

8 ‒ 9 april 2021

German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven
in cooperation with the Institute for Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies, the Institute for Anthropology and Cultural Studies and the Institute for Art History/Film Studies/Art Education at the University of Bremen PD Dr. Gisela Parak, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf, PD Dr. Cordula Weißköppel, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Zanichelli

Conference Language: English, Time zone Central European Time (CET)

Registration: The conference will take place online as a Zoom webinar. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please follow:


Thursday, 8 april 2021


9:00 – 9:10        Welcome Address

Prof. Dr. Iris Pigeot (Deputy Chair U Bremen Research Alliance, Scientific Director Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS)


9:10 – 9:30         Introduction

Prof. Dr. Sunhild Kleingärtner (Director, German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven - GMM) and PD Dr. Gisela Parak (GMM)


9:45 – 12:00      Panel „Theories and Methodologies“

Chair: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Zanichelli (University of Bremen)


9:45 – 10:30       Colonial Heritage in Museums. Critical Whiteness Studies in Practical Work

Prof. Dr. Anna Greve (State Museum for Art and Cultural History Bremen-Focke Museum/University of Bremen)


10:30 – 11:30      KEYNOTE: A Problem with Categories: Some Thoughts on Colonial Photographs in Museums

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Edwards (Professor Emerita, De Montfort University / Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, V&A Research Institute, London)


11:30 – 12:30      Break


12:30 – 14:45      Panel „German-Namibian Stories”

Chair: PD Dr. Cordula Weißköppel (University of Bremen)


12:30 – 13:15     “Ovizire - Somgu” From Where do We Speak? Confronting a Colonial Photo Collection in the Museum am Rothenbaum

Vitjitua Ndjiharine, artist & cultural scientist (Windhoek, New York) in dialogue with Ulrike Peters, historian (University of Hamburg)


13:15 – 14:00     Visual Analysis of Material Culture Represented via Two Stages of Governance in Namibia from Colonial to Pre-Apartheid Era

Dr. Frauke Stegmann (Visual Arts, University of Namibia)


14:00 – 14:45      Didactics of Decolonization in Higher Education: “Walking Windhoek” – Insights from Interdisciplinary Collaboration During a Workshop on Visual Storytelling 

Dr. Martin Gruber & PD Dr. Cordula Weißköppel (University of Bremen)  


14:45 – 15:15      Break


15:15 – 17:30      Panel „China and Japan“

 Chair: Dr. Helga Rathjen (University of Bremen)


15:15–16:00       Johann Lauts’ Amateur Photographs. A Merchant’s Perspective on China

Jan Waßmann, M.A. (University of Oldenburg)


16:00–16:45       Souvenir Photography in Japan - Between Stereotype and Ar

Dr. Renate Noda (Übersee-Museum Bremen)


16:45 – 17:30       Picturing the Boxer War: Public and Private German Photo Albums

Prof. Dr. Thoralf Klein (Loughborough University)


Friday, 9 april 2021


8:00 – 10:15      Panel „Pacific“

Chair: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf (University of Bremen)


8:00 – 8:45        Say My Name: Countering Visual Narratives of Papua Niugini Bodies

Lisa Hilli (Artist & PhD researcher, Australian National University)


8:45 – 9:30        “Euer Deutscher Blauer Junge” – German Sailors & Samoans in the Early 1900’s: Snapshots from Private Albums 

Tony Brunt (Independent Historian, New Zealand / Samoa)


9:30 – 10:15        Images Matter: Germans in the Pacific 1889-1914

Dr. Nicole Perry (University of Auckland)


10:15 – 10:45      Break


10:45 – 13:00      Panel „Dealing with Anthropological Photo Collections in Museums and Other Research Institutions“

Chair: Dr. Elke Bauer (Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung)


10:45 – 11:30       Re/actions. Putting Images Online

Dr. Agnes Matthias (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)


11:30 – 12:15     Archives of the Future: Dealing with Colonial Photo Collection Items

Carolin Bräuer / Lucia Halder (Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne)


12:15 – 13:00    Creating Accessability – Whom, Why, and How Digitisation Might Help

Dr. Beatrice Voirol (Museum der Kulturen Basel)


13:00                End of Conference


Das Andere sehen


PD Dr. Gisela Parak

+49 (0) 471 482 07 834


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