Repairing the past

Third international seminar on Historical Justice and Colonialism

Since 2021, the Ethnological and World Cultures Museum of Barcelona (MUEC) hosts this seminar promoted by the European Observatory of Memories and the City Council of Barcelona with the aim of reflecting on and approaching the debates on the decolonization of heritage and museums. The origin of the pieces of these institutions, the ways in which they are exhibited, and their uses are, among others, issues that involve legal debates about possible restitutions to proposals for the transformation of museographic discourses that make visible and contextualize colonial domination structures, power relations and their consequences for the present.

In this third edition, the seminar will discuss the project (Tr)afican(t)s, a pioneering initiative that aims at locating the traceability of the origin of the Moroccan, Guinean, Philippine and Senegalese collections of several Catalan museums. The programme will also delve into the decolonization of meuseums in Europe throughout a comparative debate on the management of heritage with the participation of representatives of The Africa Museum (Tervuren, Belgium), the Museum of America (Madrid); and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World  (Cologne).

The closing conference will be delivered by Clement Emeka Akpang ( (Institute of Advanced Studies – Cross River University of Technology, Nigeria). He will discuss the results of his research on the cultural ramifications of the found object in European and African Arts

Free activity with prior registration. Room capacity: 80 seats.

Languages: Catalan, Spanish and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.


Download the Catalan version here

October 25

4 pm – 4,30 pm – Registration of attendees

4,30 p.m.  – Welcome session

5 pm – 7,30 pm

SESSION 1. Experiences through heritage in conflict at the Ethnological and World Cultures Museum of Barcelona (MUEC)

  • Presentation of the project “(Tr)african(t)s” by Alberto Lopez Bargados (Research Group on Exclusions and Social Control, University of Barcelona)
  • Presentation and debate of the Intercultural Dialogue Workshops carried out at the Ethnological Museum (MUEC, Barcelona), with Sarai Martín (Research Group on Exclusions and Social Control, University of Barcelona); Lluís Ramoneda (MUEC); Youssef El Maimouni (writer and social educator); Montserrat Anguiano (artist). Chair: Laida Memba, researcher at the project (Tr)afican(t)s

October 26

SESSION 2. Dialogues on the decolonization of heritage

16:30-18.30 – Roundtable: A comparative look at heritage management, with Bart Ouvry (Africa Museum,Tervuren, Belgium); Andrés Gutierrez Usillos (Museum of America, Madrid); Nanette Snoep (Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World, Cologne). Chair: Oriol Pascual (MUEC, Barcelona)

19:00-20:00 – Closing conference: Restitution and the Question of Ethicality: Postcolonial Museology and the Future of African Art in Postimperial Europe by Clement Emeka Akpang (Institute for Advanced Studies, IAS, Central European University, CEU, Budapest). Presented by Celeste Muñoz (EUROM – UNED)

English Playlist

Catalan Playlist

Direction: Jordi Guixé, PhD

Scientific coordination: Celeste Muñoz, PhD

If you attended this activity, please take a moment to share your impressions throughout this survey of the programme Justice, Rights and Values 2021-2027 and collaborate to improve our project.

  • Reference of the project: 101104202
  • Kind of activity: Awareness raising
  • Title: Europe Day 2023
  • Date: 09/05/2023
  • Duration of the event in days: 12
  • Hybrid
  • Place: University of Barcelona

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October 25-26, 2023


Ethnological and World Cultures Museum of Barcelona (MUEC)
C/ de Montcada, 12-14
08003 Barcelona

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