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Full Day Workshop: “Making Museums Matter: Collecting Voices, Images and Objects for Usakos Museum”

May 18 @ 09:30 - 18:00

On International Museum Day the Museums Association of Namibia and the Usakos Museum Advisory Committee have organised a consultative workshop, which is also integral part of the Namibian and Southern African Studies Research Colloquium.


The workshop revolves around the idea of `museum as process’. It will review the way in which the idea of a community museum for the town has evolved and the role that collaboration with academic institutions has played in this process. In the light of arguments that museums are irrelevant in Africa the presentations will provoke discussion about the displays and activities that should feature in the museum in order to ensure that the Usakos Museum `matters’ to the local community.


The Centre of African Studies Basel has been involved in the Usakos museum’s project since many years. The Namibian & Southern African Studies Research Colloquium (organised by the Centre for African Studies ,the Basler Afrika Bibliographien, and the University of Namibia) is joining the workshop online. Guests are welcome! For the registration process please see the programme.


Contact for registration and zoom link: k.crimabellini@unibas.ch!

Download colloquium-programme

Download workshop-programme

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