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“Cultural restitution” is often understood as a set of policies and practices that act on cultural objects: museum artworks that are returned from one country to another, for example. But cultural restitution is also a tremendously creative field, which itself produces cultural life: new languages, new forms of knowledge production, new communities of interest, and new works of art. This workshop brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and practitioners working with colonial and postcolonial heritage to inquire into these cultures of restitution, delineate their histories, and understand their capacity to shape new worlds.

The workshop will culminate in an artist talk by Chidi Nwaubani, creator/founder of the artist collective LOOTY, which has experimented with the "digital repatriation" of stolen objects housed in Western museums.

A recent Pozen Center News article previewed how panel participants will approach the topic of restitution.

Panels will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., with a break for lunch. A reception will follow at 4 p.m., and Chidi Nwaubani will deliver his talk at 5 p.m. A full schedule, with information about workshop participants and their papers, is available below.





  • Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
  • In partnership with Neubauer Collegium