How do libraries curate their collections

[POSTPONED TO 2021 *] Decolonization of knowledge? Curate & popularize African collections | Decolonizing knowledge? Curating & popularizing Africa collections

October 22, 2020, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In the libraryGathering knowledge: from the bibliography to the database

The bibliography was an essential knowledge technique for summarizing specific topics as well as collections. The bibliographical work in the BAB provides the starting point to address the historical relevance of the (African national) bibliography as a knowledge technique (in colonial contexts) and to ask questions about the transnational relevance of electronic catalogs and the future meaning of databases.


November 12, 2020, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In the library Classifying Knowledge: From Colonial to Post-Colonial Library

Which stocks of knowledge determined a colonial (African) library and required a decolonization of knowledge from the 1960s onwards? What premises was and will be used to build a post-colonial library and in what way can decolonial indexing techniques curate colonial and racist knowledge today - for whom?


November 26, 2020, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In the archiveArchiving knowledge: From the archive box and the Leitz folder to the research database

Were archive collections from African countries included in Swiss archives and which collections are now being restituted to the countries of origin? In what way does archival material determine the indexing and conservation work of an archive collection, what significance do the provenance, the original and the copy of documents (in a transnational context and e.g. with reference to African manuscripts or photographs) have?


January 21, 2021, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In the showroom Telling, visualizing and popularizing knowledge: From conversation and award song to soundscape and art installation

Collection institutions curate and stage holdings for a wider audience, often using multimedia. Knowledge is told, visualized and popularized. Which exhibition practices are used, what significance do decolonial practices have, e.g. in dealing with colonial images? In recent years, artists in particular have shown a variety of new ways of dealing with colonial knowledge.

Within the framework of the project, each forum should be accessible to a wider public through a half-day workshop with and for students and specialist colleagues as well as a subsequent panel or art / film presentation.