Museum Cooperation between Africa and Europe: Opportunities, Challenges and Modalities

Organized at and by the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich on behalf of the Swiss Society for African Studies in cooperation with the Swiss Anthropological Association.


All attendees (including presenters) are requested to register by filling this google form:

Your registration is required as soon as possible but latest by November 27th 2016.

The conference fee (regular fee CHF 90.00, CHF 60.00 for SGAS/SEG/ICOM members, CHF 20.00 for students), which includes the dinner, will be charged at the welcome desk of the conference.

List of contributions


Alexandra Galitzine (Centre d’études en sciences sociales sur les mondes africains, américains et asiatiques, Université Paris Diderot) & Germain Loumpet (Université de Yaoundé): Reconsidering Cooperation : Processes of musealization / demusealization in Cameroon

Birthe Pater (Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; University of Zurich): The meaning of political culture for museum cooperations.

Cynthia Kros (University of Witwatersrand) & Anneliese Mehnert (University of South Africa): The Junod Collection – A new generation of collaboration between Europe and Africa.

Emery Patrick Effiboley (Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa, University of the Witwatersrand): Développement des musées en Afrique: des projets de coopération à l’appropriation/indigénisation des pratiques

Fatima Fall (Musée du Centre de Recherches et de Documentation du Sénégal, Université Gaston Berger): Le Musée du CRDS de Saint-Louis/Sénégal, 20 ans de coopération internationale.

George Abungu (Heritage consultant and former Director General of the National Museums of Kenya): Connected by history, divided by reality: eliminating suspicion and promoting cooperation between African and European Museums.

Jeremy Silvester (Museums Association of Namibia): The Africa Accessioned Project – Collections make Connections between Africa and Europe.

Jesmael Mataga (Museum and Heritage Studies Programme, Sol Plaatje University): Shifting the Boundaries: Museum Objects, Local Communities and Curatorial Shifts in African Museums.

Katrin Peters-Klaphake (Makerere Art Gallery/Institute of Heritage Conservation & Restoration, Makerere University). Art works abroad – Ugandan art in German museum collections.

Kiprop Lagat (National Museums of Kenya): Challenges and Lessons for International Museum Collaborations. Lessons from the Hazina case and beyond.

Kwame Amoah Labi (Museum of the Institute of African Studies, University of Legon, Accra): The challenges and sustainability of PREMA and other initiatives – 1986 to date.

Marc Bundi (Swiss Archaeological Mission to the Sudan): Identity and Heritage Construction – A Case Study from the Kerma Museum.

Marie-Agnès Gainon-Court (ICOM Switzerland): ICOM Switzerland Collaboration with African Museums, with a focus on the example of the museological training workshops organized by ICOM Switzerland and ICOM Zambia.

Marie Eve Celio Scheurer (Haute Ecole Arc Neuchâtel): Cooperation and Museology: a practical example of museum cooperation between the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, the Crafts Museum, New Delhi, the National Museum, New Delhi and the National Museum of Mankind, Bhopal.

Michaela Oberhofer (Museum Rietberg Zurich): The Entangled History of Museum Cooperations – The Case of the Palace Museum in Fumban (Cameroon).

Nelson Abiti Adebo (Uganda National Museum): The road to reconciliation: Community memorial nexus Uganda National Museum cooperation with Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage.

Rosalie Hans (Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia): Who Owns the Museum? Exploring the Impact of International Net- works on Contemporary Museums in East Africa. 

Sarah Worden (National Museums Scotland): Museums as Agents of Change: Scotland and Malawi, a case study.

Winani Kgwatalala (Botswana National Museum, University of Witwatersrand): A shared Heritage: How Practical, what Challenges and Proposals? 


Alexis Malefakis (Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich)

Anne Mayor (Laboratoire Archéologie et Peuplement de l'Afrique, University of Geneva)

Clara Himmelheber (Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne)

Fiona Siegenthaler (Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel)

Julien Glauser (Musée d'Ethnographie de Neuchâtel)

Larissa Förster (Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, Humboldt University of Berlin)


Melanie Eva Boehi (University of Western Cape/University of Basel): Cape Town Floriography.

Zoe Cormack (British School at Rome/African Studies Centre, Oxford University): Exploring new directions for research and museum cooperation between Europe and South Sudan.

Nikki Grout (University of Brighton/British Museum): Legacies of Collecting, Collaboration and Co-production: The British Museum and West Africa