NEW

November 2013:
The workshop proceedings are out now (book in German):

Stoecker / Schnalke / Winkelmann (Hg.):
Sammeln, Erforschen, Zurückgeben?
Menschliche Gebeine aus der Kolonialzeit in akademischen und musealen Sammlungen.

See here Öffnet externen Link im aktuellen FensterAnkündigung des Verlags.
Inhaltsverzeichnis.

Charité Human Remains Project

Charité, the medical faculty of Berlin, has housed large anthropological collections, a big part of which were gathered during the colonial period. This has lead and will lead to restitution requests. To respond to such requests in an adequate way, however, our knowledge about the provenance of collection items and about the wider colonial and scientific historical context of the origin of these collections is insufficient. In addition, Germany still lacks generally acknowledged criteria for the negotiation of restitutions.


The aim of our project is to do open-minded research on selected parts of the existing collections (and thus also on the history of our own scientific institution). This research will have two aspects: First, we will attempt to gather secure information on the origin and the context of original acquisition of the existing items. This provenance analysis will be based on an interdisciplinary approach involving historical and anthropological methods. Second, the history of the collections and their collectors will be researched in depth in the context of colonial history and history of science. The Berlin collections are particularly suitable  for such an undertaking as Berlin was at the centre of the constitution of anthropology as a new scientific discipline during the late 19th century.


The project started in October 2010 and will be funded for three years by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The project is hosted by the Anatomy Department and the Medical Historical Museum of Charité.

Heads of Project

PD Dr. Andreas Winkelmann | t: +49 3391 3914510 | f: +49 30 450 528900
Teaching coordinator
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schnalke | t: +49 30 450 536 077 | f: +49 30 450 536905
Director of the Berlin Medical History Museum

Staff

Daniel Möller M.A. | t: +49 30 450 528 455 | f: +49 30 450 528900
Anthropologist
Dr. Holger Stoecker | t: +49 30 450 528 455 | f: +49 30 450 528900
Historian
Barbara Teßmann M.A. | t: +49 30 450 528 455 | f: +49 30 450 528900
Anthropologist

Former Staff

Dr. Katrin Koel-Abt
Biological Anthropologist
Nils Seethaler M.A.
Cultural Anthropologist

Publications

Winkelmann A, Stoecker H
Rückgabe von Schädeln und Skeletten an Namibia: Überreste einer fragwürdigen „Rasseforschung“.
Deutsches Ärzteblatt 2014; 111(18):A792-A793 (http://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/159510).
Stoecker H, Schnalke T, Winkelmann A (eds.)
Sammeln, Erforschen, Zurückgeben? Menschliche Gebeine aus der Kolonialzeit in akademischen und musealen Sammlungen. Berlin: Ch. Links 2013.
Stoecker H
Knochen im Depot. Namibische Schädel in anthropologischen Sammlungen aus der Kolonialzeit, in: Jürgen Zimmerer (Hrsg.): Kein Platz an der Sonne. Erinnerungsorte der deutschen Kolonialgeschichte, Frankfurt a. M. 2013, S. 443-458.
Stoecker H
Die Schädel der "Wilden" - Friedrich Sellow und das anthropologische Sammeln, in: Hanns Zischer, Sabine Hackethal und Carsten Eckert (eds.): Die Erkundung Brasiliens - Friedrich Sellows unvollendete Reise. Berlin 2013: pp. 202-211.
Glaubrecht M, Seethaler N, Teßmann B, Koel-Abt K
The potential of biohistory: Re-discovering Adelbert von Chamisso’s skull of an Aleut collected during the “Rurik” Expedition 1815–1818 in Alaska.
Zoosystematics and Evolution 2013; 89(2):317-336.
Koel-Abt K, Winkelmann A
The identification and restitution of human remains from an Aché girl named "Damiana": an interdisciplinary approach.
Ann Anat 2013; 195:h393-40010.1016/j.aanat.2013.06.005.
Stoecker H
Post vom Feldlazarett - Namibische Schädel in Berliner anthropologischen Sammlungen.
iz3w / Informationszentrum 3. Welt 2012; 331:32-33.
Winkelmann, A
Zeugen zweier Geschichten – Die Charité gab Schädel aus der Kolonialzeit nach Namibia zurück.
Deutsches Ärzteblatt 2012; 109(15):A754-A755 (http://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/124896).