'Coachella for comics': the world's biggest comedy museum opens

'Coachella for comics': the world's biggest comedy museum opens

A not-for-profit, and the first devoted entirely to the art and craft of comedy, the National Comedy Center features over 50 interactive exhibits divvied up by style of humor as well as artifacts and ephemera that, in sum, tell the story of comedy from Charlie Chaplin to Dave Chappelle and beyond.

Workshop: Politics of Natural History. How to Decolonize the Natural History Museum?
September 6-7 in Berlin
Venue: Technische Universität Berlin, Main Building, Conference Room 3006 (3rd floor, accessible via elevator), Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin
Natural history museums preserve a considerable, yet often unacknowledged part of the world’s colonial heritage. Their identity, collections, exhibitions and,
importantly, much of their research activities are based on objects which underwent multifold translocations from colonized territories to museums in the Global
North. Natural history museums took advantage of colonial endeavours and were deeply entangled in the exploitation of the colonies. However, natural objects are
often displayed as “of Nature” – and framed within a narrative of Western scientific accomplishments and rationality. The complex histories of acquisition as well
as the political context of the discovery and translocation of objects are thus rendered invisible. The workshop takes the growing tension between the entangled
history of natural history museums and colonialism on the one hand and the invisibility of those entanglements on the other as a starting point for considerations
about decolonization.
Contact & Registration (closing date August 30, 2018): pan@mfn.berlin.

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