Speculative futures wanted: Investigating queer temporalities at the Berlin Ethnological Museum
Dr. Isabel Bredenbröker, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Zentralinstitut, ZI: Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (HZK)
How does time work in a heritage context and what can a queering perspective contribute to challenging normative models of temporality? This group unpacks approaches from the anthropology of art, time and kinship, queer studies and museum studies to understand and co-create queer (non-normative) relations around the collection of the Ethnological Museum Berlin. Our focus lies on time, seeking to offer speculative ways of narrating, making and thinking heritage past, present and futures differently. Looking to the future, engaging with museum objects may help to affirm new intersectional relations. Outside of the realm of representational politics, we will develop and hands-on apply a queer methodology. Through reading and discussing in the classroom alongside research at the museum, participants can develop their own projects for a joint presentation. Participants on MA level (exceptions possible) from all disciplines are welcome!