Barbara Plankensteiner talks at the Herrenhausen Symposium "Positioning Ethnological Museums in the 21st Century" about her experience regarding the restitution of human remains from the Weltmuseum Wien to the Maori community through the official representatives. She contrasts this experience to an initiative called “the Benin Dialogue” that deals with the art work.

Barbara Plankensteiner is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Weltmuseum Wien where she also is in charge of the Subsaharan Africa collections. She is lecturer at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vienna University. Research and publications on African material culture and arts, history of anthropology and collections, museum anthropology. Her most well-known international exhibitions are Benin—Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria where she was lead curator and editor of the accompanying handbook, and African Lace. A History of Trade, Creativity and Fashion in Nigeria that she co-curated and for which she co-edited the accompanying catalogue. Currently, she is project leader of SWICH Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage. Ethnography, Museums of World Culture and New Citizenship in Europe, a large cooperation project of ten European museums funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EC.

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