Margareta von Oswald

Margareta von Oswald is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and at the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Ecole Normale Supérieure), Paris. As part of the research projects Making Differences in Berlin: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century and Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Contexts, she works on the contemporary challenges and potentials of museum collections acquired on the African continent, mainly during colonial times. Her main case studies are the Ethnological Museum Berlin and the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren. In 2016-2017, she is co-organising the seminar series Rewriting the Colonial Past: Contemporary Challenges of Museum Collections at the EHESS, Paris. In 2015, she co-curated the exhibition Object Biographies at the Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin.