Vortrag

Subtitle
(Pioneering students with migration background)
Sprache
Dutch
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Only available in Dutch.

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Place

OPEK
Vaartkom 4, 3000 Leuven

Dauer
3u.
Tarif

For free

Sprache
Dutch
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Alternative date info
7 January (live) or 11 January (online) 2023
Place

AfricaMuseum
Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren

Dauer
1h30
Teilnehmer
Places are limited (max 20).
Tarif

For free but registration is compulsory.

Hour info
19.30
Sprache
In French
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MuseumTalks

Rosy Sambwa

Brussels Fashion Week takes place from 5 to 9 October. An opportunity to talk about fashion.

Who decided how we dress?

What influence does colonisation have on our clothes?

Does the way the other person dresses influence the way I see them?

 

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À propos de l'oratrice

In 2001, Rosy Sambwa graduated from ESMOD, the first French fashion school dedicated to Fashion Design and Fashion Business. What marked her was the absence of African and Asian countries in her courses. This was the starting point for her research. Today, she speaks and writes about fashion, notably for the magazine ELLE Côte d'Ivoire, because every garment carries a message. In order to decolonise people's minds, she uses clothes, as they have been used to create a superior image of certain countries and peoples.


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Place

Online

Dauer
About 1.5 hours
Tarif

Free but registration is mandatory.

Subtitle
MuseumTalk AfricaTube with Eleza Masolo
Sprache
French
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Institut Français de Kinshasa, salle Halle de la Gombe
5:30 p.m. (hour of Kinshasa)
6:30 p.m. (hour of Brussels, online)

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Subtitle
Diversité et mesures de conservation
Hour info
12.30 - 13.30
Sprache
In French
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MuseumTalks

Dr. Emmanuel Abwe

 

The Kundelungu National Park, located in the south of the DR Congo, is home to a variety of aquatic habitats. Since its creation 1970-1975, its fish diversity has never been studied in detail. In this MuseumTalk we will speak about the diversity and distribution of fish in the park and its surroundings, as well as the anthropic threats to them. The inventory, made over a nearly 5 years period, revealed a diversity of 96 species of fish, of which 38 (±40%) are known only from the park and its surroundings. Unfortunately, this diversity is threatened by various human activities, including overfishing, through the use of destructive fishing techniques, and through habitat degradation, pollution (mining and agriculture) and deforestation of the river banks, especially.

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About the speaker

Dr. Emmanuel Abwe is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Lubumbashi in the DR Congo. He holds a PhD in science on the theme of fish diversity and conservation in Kundelungu National Park. He obtained his PhD at KU Leuven in 2022 in collaboration with the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and with the SNSB-Bavarian State Collection Zoology (Munich, Germany). He is also a collaborator of the RMCA within the framework of the MbiSa Congo II project. His research focuses on the diversity, ecology and conservation of freshwater fish in the Upper Congo Basin.


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Online

Dauer
About 1 hour
Tarif

Free, but registration is mandatory

Subtitle
Learning from multiple ways of knowing
Hour info
12.30 - 13.30
Sprache
In English
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Anywar Godwin, Njabulo Chipangura & Mercy Gloria Ashepet

The current education systems and academic institutes have, to a large extent, propagated solely academic models of describing ‘nature’. But could and should we not speak of multiple ways of knowing and living with ‘nature’? In this MuseumTalk we shall discuss ‘nature’ from different perspectives, beyond the dominant academic models which too often neglect and marginalize indigenous and local knowledge systems.

Given the ongoing challenges we are facing nowadays, it might be time to braid academic knowledge with other knowledge systems, to (co-)create an inclusive story of Nature.

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Photo by Mokhamad Edliadi/CIFOR

 

About the speakers

Dr. Anywar Godwin is a researcher, academician, entrepreneur and author. He holds a PhD from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy & Immunology in Leipzig, the University of Leipzig and Makerere University, Kampala. He currently lectures at the Department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology & Biotechnology at Makerere University, Uganda. His research interests are in the field of natural product development, pharmacognosy, ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology and indigenous knowledge.

 

Dr. Njabulo Chipangura holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently working at the University of Manchester Museum as a curator of living Cultures and is responsible for the care of more than 20,000 objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. He is interested in looking at the empirical ways by which the museum practice in Africa can be decolonised through epistemic and aesthetic disobedience by undoing earlier ways of knowledge production in collection practices and exhibitions. Thus, he has carried out research that looks at how national museums in Africa continue to reproduce colonial forms of knowledge and at what it means to decolonise the museum practice.

 

The talk will be hosted by Mercy Gloria Ashepet. Mercy is currently conducting her PhD research at the AfricaMuseum, in which she explores the potential of 'citizen science' in Uganda. She is also co-facilitating the Decolonise Nature challenge of the Transdisciplinary Insights Honours Programme at KU Leuven.
 


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Online

Dauer
About 1 hour
Tarif

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Subtitle
Book presentation with Sarah Van Beurden
Hour info
1 pm
Sprache
in French
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Sarah Van Beurden & Anne Wetsi Mpoma

What is the history linking the Institut des Musées nationaux du Zaire/Congo and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium? And how did the study and display of African art play a role in the construction of cultural identity and political legitimacy in the late colonial and postcolonial era in Congo?  In Congo en vitrine historian Sarah Van Beurden examines how the dynamics of decolonization played out in the museum world and in the field of international heritage conservation. She casts light on the long history of debates about restitution.

 

 

In this MuseumTalk, Sarah Van Beurden will present her book, which makes a remarkable contribution to the current debate around the decolonization of museums, restitution and cultural policy before and after the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The MuseumTalk will be hosted by Anne Wetsi Mpoma.

 

About the speakers

  • Sarah Van Beurden is Belgian and earned her bachelor’s degree in history from KU Leuven and her Ph.D in history from the University of Pennsylvania. She is now associate professor of History and African Studies at the Ohio State University. She is a member of the Expert Group of the Special Parliamentary Committee on the Colonial Past.
  • Anne Wetsi Mpoma is an art historian, independent curator and decolonial thinker. In October 2019, she founded the Wetsi Art Gallery, a space whose starting point is the lack of visibility suffered by certain categories of artists. The space is entirely dedicated to the revaluation of artistic productions of the African diaspora in a broad sense. From 2014 to 2017, she was part of the group of experts from the African diaspora consulted by the AfricaMuseum for the selection of objects for the museum’s new permanent exhibition. She is also a member of the group of experts who drafted the first report of the federal parliamentary commission in charge of researching the Belgian colonial past.

 


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online

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about 2 hours
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Subtitle
A Dialogue on Infrastructures and Mobilities in Africa
Hour info
9.30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sprache
The event will be mostly held in English with some interventions in French.
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Studying the construction of railway lines across the African continent is crucial for understanding the logic of land colonisation, the exploitation of people, the extraction of natural resources and the transportation of goods to and from metropolises. The development of quintessential modern transport in Africa at the end of the 19th century had a lasting impact on the landscape, but also on the urban planning of cities and it still plays a role in the mobility of people, goods and ideas today.

During one evening and a day of conferences, researchers and artists will offer alternative views on railway transport in Africa by confronting the diversity of narratives linked to it from a post-colonial and transnational perspective. All these narratives need to be examined in order to understand the scale and complexity of such an undertaking and its human, geographical, urban, political and social consequences. Contributions will not only focus on the past but will also take stock of the present and future of these railway lines — some still in service, others abandoned, some being restored — and of the railway infrastructure.

In the weeks leading up to the conference, artists Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe will be in residency at Wiels (Brussels) and Arnaud Makalou at the AfricaMuseum (Tervuren). During the conference, these artists will share their viewpoints and explain the influence of the railways in their work. Curator Anne Wetsi Mpoma develops and follows up the artistic interventions. By entering into dialogue, artists and researchers will stimulate new approaches to this important aspect of history. A work-in-progress exhibition, created by Professor Johan Lagae, doctoral student Robby Fivez and their students from the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Ghent University, will offer a new cartographic reading of mobility based on five railway lines across the African continent.

Johan Lagae is Professor of Architectural History at the University of Ghent, where he obtained a PhD in 2002. His research focuses on colonial and post-colonial architecture and urbanism in Central Africa, and he has also published on colonial building heritage and colonial photography. In 2007, he was chercheur invité at the Institut National de
l’Histoire de l’Art in Paris, and more recently, a fellow at the Institut des Études Avancées in the same city. He has compiled two books about the history and architecture of Kinshasa and has curated numerous exhibitions relating to the Congo and Africa, from The Memory of Congo: The Colonial Era (2005), and Congo belge (in images) (in collaboration with Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer, 2010), to A chacun sa maison. Housing in the Belgian Congo 1945-1960 (Brussels, 2018).

Robby Fivez graduated in 2015 as an architect and engineer. From the fall of 2015 onwards, he has been employed as a PhD researcher at Ghent University, first in the framework of the FWO-funded project ‘Tout le Congo est un Chantier’, now as a research and teaching assistant. In his current research he confronts the fields of construction
history and colonial history, understanding the material processes behind the production of the colonial built environment. He is currently writing his PhD-dissertation under the working title A Concrete State. Building Ambitions in the (Belgian) Congo, 1908-1964. In a side-track of this research, he started to investigate the transformation of the landscape along the Matadi-Kinshasa railway line. Robby participated in international conferences and workshops and published research papers and articles, among others in the Architecture Beyond Europe journal and the Journal of Landscape Architecture.

Anne Wetsi Mpoma is an art historian, curator, author, and gallery owner. She proposes solutions to deconstruct and reinvent the arts and the imaginary for a more inclusive society. Director and founder of the Wetsi Art Gallery (2019, asbl Nouveau Système Artistique), an interdependent space that builds bridges with diverse audiences, particularly institutional ones, by showing the work of artists marginalized because of their "race", gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin and/or "disability". In her essay Resisting in the arts and culture in a postcolonial context (in Being Imposed Upon, 2020), she analyses the power relations between Belgian Afro descendent women artists evolving on the margins and the holders of dominant power on the contemporary art scene. The exhibition project Through her (True her) addresses the same theme by bringing the works of these marginalized artists into dialogue with those that have joined the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the City of Ghent (S.M.A.K.), following research carried out by the co-curator of the project, Pascale Obolo. She is currently participating in the work of the experts appointed to draft a first report to guide the members of the House of
Representatives participating in the commission charged with analysing Belgium's colonial past and its current consequences.

 

The event will be mostly held in English with some interventions in French.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A production of: UGent, AfricaMuseum and EUROPALIA Arts Festival with the support of Wiels and Bistro Tembo.

 

Place

AfricaMuseum
Leuvensesteenweg 13
3080 Tervuren

Tarif

€ 10 (including lunch, coffee break and drinks)

Info

Hour info
7:30 p.m.
Sprache
in French
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Modi Ntambwe et Tracy Tansia

Moderator: Reine Nkiambote

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Until 6 March 2022, the AfricaMuseum is hosting the exhibition Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions. The age of colonial exhibitions. The exhibition shows images of black women and tells the tragic story of the South African Saartjie Baartman, also known as Hottentot Venus or Black Venus. In this MuseumTalk, black women let their voices be heard. What is the legacy of Baartman's story? How do black women create a decolonial image? And what is the importance of role models like Beyoncé?

On Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 7.30pm, podcast creator and moderator Reine Nkiambote will talk to Modi Ntambwe and Tracy Tansia. Ntambwe is a community worker, journalist and social entrepreneur. She wrote about feminism in the book Being Imposed Upon, a collection of reflections on being a black woman in Belgium. Political scientist and writer Tansia contributed to Afrolit: moderne literatuur uit de Afrikaanse diaspora.


As part of the exhibition Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions, the AfricaMuseum presents a series of discussions on the exhibition, (de)colonisation and (anti)racism.

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Place

online

Dauer
about 2 hours
Tarif

free but registration is mandatory

Hour info
7:30 p.m.
Sprache
in Dutch
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Beloy Beloy, Nadège Bibo-Tansia, Stijn van Bever

Moderator: Jeroen Scheerder

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Until 6 March 2022, the AfricaMuseum is hosting the exhibition Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions. The age of colonial exhibitions. The exhibition pays special attention to contemporary racism in Belgian society. This MuseumTalk adresses racism and football. Why is racism such a problem in (Belgian) football? What steps has the Pro League taken to combat racism? With which insights can a new generation of football players and fans start working for a racism-free sport?

On Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 7.30pm, professor Jeroen Scheerder (KULeuven) will address these questions together with Beloy Beloy, author and ex-soccer player, Nadège Bibo-Tansia, actress in the series 'Panna' about girls playing football, and Stijn van Bever, spokesman of the Pro League.


As part of the exhibition Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions, the AfricaMuseum presents a series of discussions on the exhibition, (de)colonisation and (anti)racism.

> Programme of the MuseumTalks

Dauer
about 2 hours
Tarif

Free but registration is mandatory.