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Gendered Approaches to Restitution: Labor, Migration, Structural Amnesia and Trauma

Friday, February 7, 2020

2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Watch Part 1 and Part 2 on Watson's YouTube Channel. Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

Registration recommended but not required.

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The Decolonial Collective on Migration of Objects and People organized by Brown University professors Ariella Azoulay, Yannis Hamilakis, and Vazira Zamindar are organizing a workshop titled "Gendered Approaches to Restitution: Labor, Migration, Structural Amnesia and Trauma."

The mass plunder of objects from different places was instrumental in shaping the institution of museum and imposing it as the ultimate destination for precious objects of art. This was inseparable from the attack on and degradation of different forms of art-making with which women were engaged as part of a broader care for the world and mode of participating and negotiating their place, status and roles in the different communities, nations, tribes, societies and confederations of which they were members. Plundered objects were and are often instrumental in rituals of bonding, sociality, and care, in which women play a crucial role. Art-making was never only about the production of objects, but rather part of world-making, caring and sustaining; and restitution should be conceived accordingly. Assuming that the harm caused by plunder exceeds the disappearance of objects from their communities, and often generated subsequent disasters in those places, this workshop considers restitution – including migrations out of ongoing disasters left by plunder and toward places where objects are held – as part of world repairing.

Center for Middle East Studies


Friday, February 7, 2020 1:45-2:00 p.m. – Registration 2:00-2:15 p.m. – Welcome

Panel 1

12:15-2:45 p.m. – Maria Iñigo Clavo (Open University of Catalonia) "Indigenous Women Wrapped in Textiles in Guatemala"

2:45-3:15 p.m. – Ana Paulina Lee (Columbia University) "Sorcery and Violence in the Archive"

3:15-3:45 p.m. – Hande Sarikuzu (Binghamton University) "Kurdish Walnuts, Armenian Mulberries, Greek Vines: Love, Labor, and Plunder after Forced Migration in Turkey"

3:45-4:45 p.m. – Discussion

4:45-5:00 p.m. – Break

Graduate Student Roundtable

5:00-5:15 p.m. – Kate Elizabeth Creasey (History, Brown University) & Mirjam Paninski (German Studies, Brown University) "Care of Wounded Things as a Form of World Care: A Critical Reading of Paola Yacoub’s Work"

5:15-5:30 p.m. – Cresa Pugh (Sociology & Social Policy, Harvard University) "The Missing Women of Igun Street: Legacies of Gendered Bronzecasting in the Benin Kingdom (Nigeria)"

5:30-5:45 p.m. – Radhika Moral (Anthropology, Brown University) "Migrants, Materialities and Mobilities in the Brahmaputra Valley: Affect and Emotive Lives of Women from Chars"

5:45-6:30 p.m. – Discussion