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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

The Leaky Archive

Specialist seminar
SoSe 23
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2

Seminar language: the seminar is held in English only.

Registration not required.

Dates - place & time

12.04.2312.07.23MittwochWöchentlich14:00 - 16:00Filzengraben 2, Atelier Netze, H. 4.02
from-to14:00 - 16:00
LocationFilzengraben 2, Atelier Netze, H. 4.02

Seminar description

Mit: Agustina Adreoletti / Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (RJM) Köln

In this seminar, we will explore how colonial archives and collections can be critically developed and reflected upon. Students are free to choose what kind of idea they want to pursue; research and work can include methodological and/or thematic approaches to collections and archives, databases, or individual subjects in the collection.


‒ the visual and material culture of colonialism

‒ legacies of diverse colonial empires and coloniality in archives

‒ material and digital restitution and repair

‒ accessibility, conservation and participation

‒ engaging own communities in digital spaces

‒ digital infrastructure and alternative networks

‒ narratives and counter-narratives, and issues of memory

‒ human, more-than-human and institutional relations

‒ predatory inclusion and colonial debt

‒ discomfort and hope

‒ decolonisation of the unconscious

The seminar includes access to the complete Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (RJM) database and visits to the museum’s depot.

The outcomes of the seminar will be shown in RJM during September 2023.

The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum is one of the largest ethnological museums in Germany; approximately 65,000 objects and 100,000 photographs are contained in its collections. Leaky Archive is a new digital project at the RJM which aims to work collaboratively and democratically on the collections in digital and analog spaces.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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