Public Keynote: Bambi Ceuppens (Africamuseum, Brussels) Diasporic Objects and Persons, Restitution and the Gift

You are kindly invited to a public keynote, part of the 13th international conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies ‘Worlding the Low Countries’, organised by UCL Dutch as part of the centenary celebrations of Dutch Studies in the UK:

Image previewThursday, 7 November 2019, 4:30pm–5:30pm
UCL Institute for Advanced Studies, Common Ground
This presentation takes as its starting point the case of Alexandre Delcommune, one of Leopold II’s best known ‘pioneers’ who at one stage returned home from Congo with a well-known power object (which is now considered one of the Royal Museum for Central Africa’s masterpieces) and the daughter he had with a Congolese woman. It does so in order to analyse how objects and persons were uprooted during the colonial era and transported to Belgium without the permission of their owners and mothers/maternal families respectively and the ways in which diasporic persons have tried to right these wrongs in recent years.

Bambi Ceuppens is a curator at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren (Brussels).

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Date(s) - 07/11/2019
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm