Access for whom? podcast by Open Restitution Africa – Announcements

A series of talks that attempts to unpack the care and ethics needed to digitize African heritage, especially in the era of restitution.

The Access for whom? podcast hosted by Chao Tayiana Maina and Molemo Moiloa is a five-part miniseries that seeks to start a conversation about the digitization of African heritage. While digitization is often seen as a future-oriented preservation, distribution and engagement strategy, they ask: for whom? And for what purposes? And are we making decisions about digitization that ensure these goals are achieved ethically and fairly?

In order to explore and reflect together on the difficult questions that the digitization of African heritage brings to the fore, they spoke with practitioners, mainly from the African continent, across the spectrum of heritage, digital, intellectual property and museum work. Among them are Temi Odumosu, Nothando Migogo, Neema Iyer, Minne Atairu, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, Golda Ha-Eiros, Andrea Wallace, Samba Yonga and Mulenga Kapwepwe.

–Episode 1: Digital from an African perspective
–Episode 2: Digital Collections (Part I)
–Episode 3: Digital Collections (Part II)
–Episode 4: Property and intellectual property
–Episode 5: The future of African data

For greater accessibility of the podcast’s subject matter, episode transcripts are available in English, French and German via a free zine, which can be downloaded from the Open Restitution Africa and Humboldt Forum websites. (Please note that the German zine will follow soon.)

The podcast is brought to you by the Open Restitution Africa project, a collaboration between African Digital Heritage and Andani.Africa. This was made possible by 99 questions to the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss.

The podcast is produced by Chao Tayiana Maina and Molemo Moiloa with Phumzile Nombuso Twala and Lethabolaka Gumede on research. Thanks to Josh Chiundiza for the music, Karugu Maina for the design and Annelien van Heymbeeck for the editing.

You can listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify or via the sites of Open Restitution Africa and Humboldt Forum.

The Open Restitution Project is an African-led project that seeks to open access to information on the restitution of African material culture and human ancestry, to enable all stakeholders involved to make decisions knowledge-based.

99 Questions at the Humboldt Forum combines different formats of dialogues, podcasts, workshops and residencies to raise questions about past and future museum practices, while reflecting on the historical and contemporary impact of colonialism.

The Humboldt Forum is a cooperation of the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss; the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz with the collections of the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with the Humboldt Lab; and the Stadtmuseum Berlin with the BERLIN GLOBAL exhibition.

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