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Message posted on 29/04/2021

Re-activating old film reels – Debating methodologies of collaborative restitution of archival films

---Online Workshop---

28 May 2021

Frobenius Institute, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany 28 May 2021

Organizers: Sophia Thubauville, Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology Igor Karim, Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies


9.30 am: Welcome Prof. Roland Hardenberg, director, Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt am Main

9.40 am: Returning Old Ethnographic Films to Thailand and Kiribati Rolf Husmann, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Göttingen

10.20 am: Visual Repatriation of the Masakin Isao Murahashi, African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

11.00 am: Reassembling Image and Sound: On the Post-Synchronization of
Film Documents from Kiribati Wolfgang Kempf, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Göttingen

11.40 am: The Lau of Malaita: A Sequel? Stephanie Hobbis, Wageningen University; Geoffrey Hobbis, University
of Groningen

12.20 am – 1.30 pm BREAK

1.30 pm: ANGLES. Engaging Multiple Perspectives for Reapproaching and
Reappropriating Colonial Audiovisual Archives Jonas Van Mulder, KU Leuven

2.10 pm: Moving Images, controversial memories Monica Heintz, Université Paris Nanterre

2.50 pm: Film restitution and production studies: the epic of Jolokpitpë Igor Karim, Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies, Goethe
University, Frankfurt

3.30 pm: Revisiting Nigeria: Taiwo Shango’s Return Christine Matzke, University of Bayreuth; Lekan Balogun, University of
Lagos; James Gibbs, Bristol; Bode Omojola, Mount Holyoke College

4.10 – 5.00 pm: BREAK

5.00 pm: What Can Film Restitute? A discussion of recent examples Arnd Schneider, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

5.40 pm: Comments and ideas for a collaborative repatriation of
Frobenius films to Ethiopia Eyob Defersha, Arba Minch University, Tesfahun Hailu, Mekelle
University, Solomon Mekonen, Berlin

The workshop will take place online via Zoom

For participation please contact Sophia Thubauville:


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