7-8 February 2019 | University of Oslo


Organiser: Arnd Schneider (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo)
Keynote: Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (Chair of Global Art History, University of Birmingham)

This conference aims to present innovative and creative ethnographic perspectives on the intersection between art, anthropology and contested cultural heritage. One part of the conference will showcase ethnographic work with TRACES: Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts: From Intervention to Co-Production (EU Horizon 2020 programme, 2016 – 2019, www.tracesproject.eu).

Papers selected through an open call will provide global and post/de-colonial counterpoints to the “European” settings of TRACES and investigate ethnographically and artistically contested cultural heritage (e.g. in museums and heritage institutions, private collections). The purpose of the conference is to open for a critical dialogue with TRACES. Thus, as in our work with TRACES, we are particularly interested in presentations that focus on notions of serendipity, artistic process/production, and relationality in their research with global contested heritage.



Thursday 7 February

9.30–10.00 Registration


TRACES: Reports from the Field
Arnd Schneider, Leone Contini, Matei Bellu, Katarzyna Maniak, Blaz Bajic, Aglaja Kempinski, Laura McAtackney.

12.00–13.30 lunch

13.00-15.30 Session 1

  • Wenzel Geissler – “The entomology of ethnology. Subtle hunting and the anthropology of the trace.”
  • Nadine Wanono – “Voices from the archives.”
  • Valentina Bonifacio –“Destiempo: dynamogram of Puerto Casado (Paraguay).”
  • Christian Sørhaug, Kjartan Fønstelien and Serge von Arx –“Our Gruesome Cultural Heritage” Cultural heritage plays a central role in contemporary efforts at nation building.

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.30 Keynote Prof. Khadija von Zinnenburg-Caroll – “Cook’s New Clothes and the Reparation of Fragile Times”

17.30 – 18.00 Reception

Friday 8 February

10.00-12.00 Session 2

  • Kris Rutten – “Exploring European identification and division through cultural heritage.”
  • Eleana Yalouri – “Negotiating difficult relationships: contemporary artists engaging with classical Greek heritage.”
  • Michaela Schäuble and Anja Dreschke – “Tracing Tarantism – An ethnographic study of an Apulian ritual between art performance and cultural heritage.”
  • Bernard Müller – “What to do with the spoils of the colonial wars? The (“ethnographic”) object as ticking time bomb and the artist as artificer.”
  • Alyssa Grossman – “A Catalogue of Useless Rocks.”

12.00 – 13.30 lunch
13.30 – 15.30 Session 3/4

Session 3

  • Janine Prins – “The (dis)comfort of things”
  • Cathy Greenhalgh – “The Warp and Weft of Contested Cotton Stories:film as a bridge between museums in the UK, India and Poland.”
  • Rubén Guzmán – “The Noise of Time: navigating the periphery of anthropological experimental essay film”
  • Petra Rethmann – “Chto delat’s memorial history, or, monuments for the left?”
    Tracy Mackenna – “The Artist and the Collector: storytelling and official narratives”

Session 4

  • John Manton – “The Leprosy Centre, Uzuakoli. The failure of paper and persistence of sound.”
  • Sorayut Aiemueayt – “The Vernacular aesthetics and the pictorial digital ethnography in Malaysian Tamil community.”
  • Jean Delsaux and Pascale Weber – “Travel and creation within and against globalization.”
  • Mischa Twitchin – “Time Crystals.”
  • Elisabeth Cory-Pearce – “Ahead of the de-colonising intervention: Maori colonial portraiture as a co-produced object.”

15.30 – 16.00 break
16.00 – 18.00 session 5/6

Session 5

  • Annemarie Bücher – “REALLABS: collaborative agency and bottom up development of cultural landscapes”
  • Dominique Lämmli – “Working with Art in Social Transformation”
  • Sara Dornhof – “Artistic Engagements with Transcultural Memories and Heritage in Morocco”
  • Jully Acuña Suárez & Marcelo Marques Miranda: – “Decolonizing the Representation of an Indigenous People in a Museum through Participatory Art and Co-curation”
  • Justin Armstrong – “Remainders As Reminders: ruins as cultural heritage in a network society”

Session 6

  • Alanna Cant – “Negotiating the sacred-historic in Mexican Catholic heritage.”
  • Mark R. Westmoreland, Nii Obodai, and Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong: – “Broken Ground: Sites of Storing Stories in Ghana”
  • Melanie Sindelar – “The nation takes place in the future: artistic responses to cultural heritage in the Arab Gulf”
  • Chiara de Cesari – “Creative statecraft: Art and cultural practices as forms of the political imagination”

18.30 Reception (tbc)

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Enquiries to: Arnd Schneider | arnd.schneider@sai.uio.no

Regitrations: Eline Olafsrud | elineolafsrud@outlook.com

Attendance is free (and includes coffee and tea break provisions and reception), and everybody is welcome to attend the conference. BUT we need confirmation of the numbers for our planning, and you have to REGISTER, providing your full contact details and affiliation, with the conference administrator Eline Olafsrud by December 20, 2018 (DEADLINE).


Conference webpage (UiO): Global TRACES


> Documents:

Conference short programme

Conference detailed programme