Prof. Dr. A.-M. Bonnet & FLOORPLAN Museum Research

invite to this workshop on Saturday, 29th of June 2019, 2-7pm at

Kunsthistorisches Institut, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn


Beyond all debates about global art history and provenance research dealing with ’sensitive objects‘, we want to initiate a fundamental rethinking of academic practices. What must change in mindset, habitus and hermeneutics of art history to get away from eurocentrism (suprematism, racism, exceptionalism,…) and its implicit hierarchy amongst cultures? Most eurocentric narratives and their implicit imperialistic hierarchy over ‚other‘ cultures all encompass the exclusive habitus and hermeneutics of art history. What has to be changed to eradicate previous blind spots with regard to ethnical/moral or emotional/transrational phenomena in past, present, and future discourses? We question the role and status of quo of collecting and museum culture in their controlling ‚aesthetic‘ or ’sublimation‘ practices. We invite students and professionals in the fields of art history, ethnography, art, philosophy, history and sociology to discuss with us ways of overcoming perpetual/perennial prejudices in Western philology and thinking.


Register until June 28, 2019 via email:


June 29, 2019

2:15 – 2:30pm general introduction by Anne-Marie Bonnet & FLOORPLAN

2:30pm PANEL 1: speakers/moderator: Anne-Marie Bonnet

2:30 – 2:50pm Paul Goodwin, chair of Contemporary Art and Urbanism UAL, director TrAIN Research Center (Transnational Art, Identity and Nation), London

2:50 – 3:10pm Nanette J. Snoep, director Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne

3:10 – 3:30pm Chris Dercon, director Gran Palais, Paris

3:30 – 4:15pm discussion between the speakers and the forum/public


4:15 – 5pm coffee/tea break


5:15 – 5:25pm PANEL 2: speaker/moderator/introduction: Michael Fehr, Berlin

5:25 – 5:45pm Wayne Modest, professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies VU Amsterdam, head of Research Center of Material Culture Wereldculturen Museum, Amsterdam

5:45 – 6:05pm Susanne Leeb, professor for Contemporary Art at Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg

6:05 – 6:50pm discussion between the speakers and the forum/public

6:55pm final statements: speaker/moderator Tünde Varga, Budapest