Decentring the museum for a postmigrant society

This conference examines how contemporary curatorial and institutional practices can renegotiate identities, communities and histories, and foster new forms of resistance as a response to the asymmetrical power relations underpinning today’s globally entangled societies.

This analysis is based on the concept of decentring and the idea of postmigration. In recent years, the concept of decentring helped initiating a shift of perspective that seeks to jettison the entrenched Western, Eurocentric, classist, white, and male hegemony; while postmigration has paved the way for a new understanding of migration and cultural pluralization as integrated aspects of any society.

Specifically, the conference investigates how curatorial and institutional practices engage with their colonial legacies in order to tell a more accurate decolonial history, how they negotiate the societal conflicts created by the need to learn how to coexist in conditions of socio-cultural diversity, and how they contribute to greater recognition of immigrants and their descendants as equal participants in democratic societies. The speakers explore – through curatorial and institutional practices – how these negotiation processes unfold in postmigrant societies. Engaging with both postmigrant, decolonial and transcultural approaches to today’s curatorial and institutional practices, the conference will furthermore seek to explore the conjunctions between these perspectives.


  • Sabine Dahl Nielsen, Assistant Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Sandi Hilal, Artist, Stockholm
  • Madina Tlostanova, Professor of Postcolonial Feminisms, Linkoping University
  • Nina Möntmann, Professor of Art Theory, University of Cologne
  • Rita Ouédraogo, Curator, Bureau Stedelijk, Amsterdam
  • Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor and Director, Research Unit in Public Cultures
    School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
  • Anne Ring Petersen, Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Charlotte Püttmann, research associate, Art Theory, University of Cologne
  • Jules Rijssen, Collecting networker at Imagine IC, Amsterdam
  • Aurora Rodonò, Curator of Migration History, City Museum Berlin
  • Regina Römhild, Professor of European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Sandra Vacca, The Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany, Cologne

Concept by Nina Möntmann in collaboration with Sabine Dahl Nielsen.

The second part, a seminar, will take place in Copenhagen in autumn 2024.