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Planetary Reading Group
One Year Anniversary Session
Lénia Marques (Rotterdam) & Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia (Aveiro)
Transforming Places Through Street Art: Bordalo II and the City
Esper Postma (Berlin/Deventer)
GAGAPALIZI: A New Museum for Florence
Sasha Huber (Helsinki)
“Demounting Louis Agassiz” Artistic Renegotiation of Archive, Memory & Place
Sasha Shestakova (Bochum)
Decolonizing Soviet Art History
Aziza Chaouni (Fez/Toronto)
Sidi Harazem: Co-Designing Heritage Preservation in a Modern Oasis
Cristiana Strava (Amsterdam)
At Home with Colonial Materialities: Snapshots of Heritage-Making and Unmaking on Casablanca’s Margins
Kateryna Kublytska (Kharkiv/London)
Destruction of Immovable Cultural Heritage During the War of the Russian Federation Against Ukraine
Ece Canlı (Porto)
Beneath the Thick Skin, Behind the Brick Wall
Robert Glas (Rotterdam)
On the film-installation '1986 Or A Sphinx's Interior'
Łukasz Stanek (Manchester)
Socialist Worldmaking
Dawit Benti (Addis Ababa)
Challenges of Urban Heritage Conservation during State-Led Gentrification of Addis Ababa's City Centre
Taputukura Raea (Wellington) & Digital Pasifik
Re-Claiming Pacific History - Making Pacific Cultural Heritage Visible and Accessible
Laura Ammann (Berlin)
The Appeal of the Colonial Baroque to the Brazilian Modernists
Paul Basu (Bonn/London) & Ozioma Onuzulike (Nsukka) & Ikenna Onwuegbuna (Nsukka)
[Re:]Entanglements: Colonial Collections in Decolonial Times
Between Zones of Conflict and the Realm of Dreams: Planetary Perspectives on Film and Filmmaking
Workshop I
Mykola Ridnyi (Kyiv)
Mariana Martínez-Bonilla (Mexico-City)
Yashaswini Raghunandan (Bangalore)
Chihab El Khachab (Oxford)
Christian Thiam (Dakar)
Roundtable: Fide Dayo (Rome) & Norma Gregory (Nottingham)
Alyssa K. Barry (Dakar)
Navigating the Digital Spaces
Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala (Windhoek) & Tuuda Haitula (Windhoek) & Museums Association of Namibia
Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights – A Case Study
Njabulo Chipangura (Manchester)
Community Museums in Zimbabwe as an Alternative Form of Representing Living Cultures
Annalisa Bolin (Kalmar) and David Nkusi (Kigali)
Decolonizing Heritage Management in Rwanda: Community Engagement and Homegrown Solutions
Chantal Umuhoza (Kigali)
Decolonizing Conservation Practices in Rwanda Museums
Alessandra Ferrini (London)
Unruly Connections
Hiba Shalabi (Tripoli) with translation by Malak Altaeb (Tripoli/Paris)
Banji Chona (Rome)
Ngoma zya Budima: Exploring Grief and Death, Celebrating Life and Love, Batonga Drum Story
Victoria Phiri (Lusaka), Samba Yonga (Lusaka) & Mulenga Kapwepwe (Lusaka) & the Women’s History Museum Zambia
Decolonization of Cultural Objects in the Process of Restitution and Repatriation. The Case of Zambian Cultural Objects in Swedish Museums
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May 10
Paul Basu (Bonn/London) & Ozioma Onuzulike (Nsukka) & Ikenna Onwuegbuna (Nsukka)
[Re:]Entanglements: Colonial Collections in Decolonial Times
  • Northcote Thomas Collections © Re-Entanglements

Over the past few years the Museum Affordances / [Re:]Entanglements project has been re-engaging with colonial anthropological archives and collections to explore their ‘decolonial affordances’. The project has focused on the archival legacies of a series of surveys led by Britain’s first ‘Government Anthropologist’, Northcote Thomas, in Nigeria and Sierra Leone between 1909 and 1915. We have been retracing the anthropologist’s journeys, returning copies of photographs and sound recordings to the communities from whom they were obtained more than a century ago, and seeking to understand their value to these communities today. Another strategy has been to engage with artists, musicians and other creative practitioners in Nigeria and Sierra Leone to explore the contemporary significance of these archives.

In this Planetary Patchwork seminar, three project participants bring their (inter)disciplinary perspectives and personal positionalities to bear on the collaboration. Project leader, Paul Basu, first introduces the [Re:]Entanglements project and its aspirations. Then ceramicist/artist/art historian Ozioma Onuzulike and ethnomusicologist/musician/composer Ikenna Onwuegbuna, both based at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, discuss their respective critical-creative engagements with archival photographs and sound recordings from Northcote Thomas’s 1910-11 survey of the Igbo-speaking peoples of what was then Awka District, Southern Nigeria.

  • Ozioma Onuzulike © Re-Entanglements
  • Ikenna Onwuegbuna revisiting Northcote Thomas Igbo sound archive © re-entanglements
  • Ozioma Onuzulike Lines Faces Fragments © Re-entanglements

Further information about their creative re-engagements with the archives can be found at and