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Book presentation.

  • May 19 2022 | 7:00 PM h - 12:00 AM h
Plenary Discussion (dual-language) with:

- Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (artist and Professor of History at the Central European University Vienna)
- Rolando Vázquez (Decolonial Aesthesis and Thought; Professor of Sociology)
- Nour Shantout (artist)

*Introduced and Moderated by Berthold Molden (Historian and lecturer of Global History at the University of Vienna) 
**Live translation by Franziska Füchsl (poet, author and translator).

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In Mit Fremden Federn (Mandelbaum Verlag, Vienna), Khadija von Zinnenberg Carroll meditates on the case of a spectacular feather headdress believed to have belonged to Montezuma, the last emperor of the Aztecs. This crown has long been the center of political and cultural power struggles, and it is one of the most contested museum claims between Europe and the Americas. Taken to Europe during the conquest of Mexico, it was placed at Ambras Castle, the Habsburg residence of the author’s ancestors, and is now in Vienna’s Welt Museum. Mexico has long requested to have it back, but Welt Museum uses science to insist it is too fragile to travel, a ruse that this panel will discuss.
Both the biography of a cultural object and a history of collecting and colonizing, the book offers an artist’s perspective on the creative potentials of repatriation. Carroll compares Holocaust and colonial ethical claims, and she considers relationships between indigenous people, international law and the museums that amass global treasures, the significance of copies, and how conservation science shapes collections. Illustrated with diagrams and rare archival material, this book brings together global history, European history, and material culture around this fascinating object and the debates about repatriation.