11. January 2024

Reading & Discussion with Anne Haeming: The life of Wilhelm Joest Reading & Discussion with Anne Haeming: The life of Wilhelm Joest

15 February 2024, 17:00 CET at Uni Bonn Festsaal

The next reading and discussion will feature Anne Haeming, the author of Der gesammelte Joest: Biografie eines Ethnologen, published by Matthes & Seitz in 2023.

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Join Pia Wiegmink and Jennifer Leetsch on 15 February 2024 as they query the author on the creative processes involved in writing about Wilhelm Joest, a nineteenth-century German ethnographer and traveller; the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in Cologne traces its origins to his private collection of over 3,500 objects. 

The story of Wilhelm Joest is that of an explorer who, as a young man, had the privilege of traveling across all continents and turning his ethnological hobby into a career. Anne Haeming will give an insight into her critical, decolonial examination of Joest's collection items as well as travel and research reports, which helped shape German ethnology in the 19th century. Instead of a chronological order, Haeming chose a theme- and object-oriented approach for Joest's biography. This enables her to uncover and comment on contradictions and transgressions in Joest's and the colonial thinking and actions of the time. She emphasizes this approach with her transparent writing style, for example, by crossing out words with colonial connotations in original text excerpts. An important topic in the discussion will therefore be the question of the representation of Joest's life, i.e. the process and legitimization of biographical writing.

The discussion will be held in English. Everyone is welcome to attend. The event is followed by a reception.

Please register in advance (see below).

Reading and discussion: 17:00 - 18:30, followed by a reception. The reception closes at 20:00.

Location: Festsaal Universität Bonn, Am Hof 1, 53113 Bonn

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Please note that this is an onsite event. However, for remote attendees we are offering a Zoom streaming (with microphones disabled).
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Meeting-ID: 20639 203274 204351 20
Kenncode: 20970715
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