City Museums and Multiple Colonial Pasts

This Work Package aims to understand how the colonial past is represented in city museums in three different geopolitical zones: one from Western Europe (Amsterdam), one from East-Central Europe (Warsaw), and one from East Asia (Shanghai).

It will test ECHOES’ modes of analysis (repression, removing, reframing, and remerging) in identifying the ways of grappling with colonial heritage in city museums.

Finally, it will investigate what values city museums promote and the extent to which they link their respective cities’ colonial pasts to a European past as well as to national narratives. Recognizing the ways the museums of Amsterdam, Shanghai and Warsaw deal with their pasts is a crucial step in identifying diversified modalities and challenges for representing the colonial heritage in the contemporary world.

This Work Package is led by: