PAA Europe Call for Papers: "Multiplicity of Voices in Exhibitions and in Collaborations"

9 -11 October 2024, Humboldt Forum Berlin, Germany
The annual PAA-E meeting entitled Multiplicity of voices: in exhibitions and in collaborations will be held at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, Germany, from 9 until 11 October 2024.

With the staggered opening of the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum) in 2021 and 2022 at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, four rooms dedicated to Pacific Islanders and their cultural belongings were revealed to the public. The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz with the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is a partner for the cultural and academic field at the Humboldt Forum alongside the Stadtmuseum Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss. In 2023 the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst started a three-year project that centred multi-perspective approaches to researching the collections and tests new formats of collaboration in partnership with international museum and scientific communities as well as with representatives of source communities.

How do sites like the Humboldt Forum with a unique past facilitate or impede the engagement with (Pacific) collections? How are exhibitions and European museums addressing Europe’s trade, colonial , missionising or relationships with the Pacific? What are new formats of collaboration in museums?

Call for papers

While the papers can cover a wide range of topics, preference will be given to papers dealing with the following issues:

Politics of display
Object or collections trajectories
Trade, colonial and/or missionising histories
Collaboration formats
Reports on ongoing projects and research

There are two types of presentations:

~ 30-minute papers (20 – 25 mins talk, 5 – 10 mins discussion)
~ 10-minute reports

Abstract submissions (100-200 words) for reports or papers should be sent to Dorothea Deterts, and Wonu Veys by 1 July 2024.
Acceptance will be confirmed by 15 July 2024, allowing time for presenters to make their travel arrangements.

Registration, tentative programme, and accommodation
Details for the meeting and information about accommodation will be announced in due course.