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Introducing an Extensive Digital Public Repository of Collections from Colonial Contexts in Germany (29.03.2021)

The information about collections from colonial contexts of 25 German institutions will soon be searchable through one central website under an agreement reached by representatives of the German Federal Government, Länder governments and municipal umbrella organisations together with the institutions in question, the consortium partners of the German Contact Point for Collections from Colonial Contexts and the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (“German Digital Library”, DDB).

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New Provenance Research Project (15.12.2020)

Starting around the mid-19th Century and continuing for decades, European armed forces, researchers, and people engaged in commerce brought home cultural items, objects of everyday use, and human remains from what were or became colonial ’possessions’. An anatomist and anthropologist active in Freiburg from 1850 onwards, Alexander Ecker, established a collection through trading, purchases, and donations that was expanded by his successors, including the medical doctor Eugen Fischer. Since 2001, the Anatomical-Anthropological Collection set up by Ecker has been in the care of the University Archives of the University of Freiburg. It contains human skulls, which were – viewed from today's perspectives – obtained in ethically and scientifically unacceptable ways. Researchers are to begin working on a new project being supported by the German Center Lost Art. They are aiming to establish the provenance – the history of an item's origins and how it was obtained – of the skulls and prepare for possible repatriations. The team of researchers will start to take an in depth look at the appropriate handling of such collections on 1 January 2021.

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Forschung an Schädeln aus Namibia abgeschlossen (24.11.2011)

Universität Freiburg und Namibische Botschaft in Deutschland bereiten sich auf Rückführung vor.

Die Universität Freiburg hat ihr Forschungsprojekt zu Schädeln aus Namibia in der Universitätssammlung abgeschlossen und bereitet sich auf die Rückführung von 14 Schädeln vor.

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