This week’s opening implements a decision that was taken in October 2019 by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien), the Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office for International Cultural Policy (Staatsministerin im Auswärtigen Amt für internationale Kulturpolitik), the Cultural Affairs Ministers of the Länder, the Länder Senators for Cultural Affairs and representatives of the municipal umbrella organisations within the Framework Principles for Dealing with Collections from Colonial Contexts agreed in March 2019. The CP3C’s purpose is described in this paper.
The CP3C’s primary purpose is to assist individuals and institutions from the countries and societies of origin and to serve as their first, central point of contact for all questions concerning collections from colonial contexts in Germany. In particular, the CP3C has been tasked with:
- Providing information and advice on collections from colonial context in Germany and related topics
- Forwarding of inquiries and requests on a case-by-case basis
- Connecting individuals and institutions and establishing networks
- Collecting, organising, documenting, publishing and evaluating statistically pertinent data and information
- Supporting the Federal Government-Länder Working Group on Dealing with Collections from Colonial Contexts in Germany in the elaboration and further development of the areas of activities and overall objectives defined in the “Framework Principles for dealing with collections from colonial contexts.
Last year, we reported on what appears to be one of the first, if not the first, German court decision regarding cultural property looted during Germany’s colonial rule, the Namibian case of Hendrik Witboi’s bible and whip.
The picture shows the CP3C’s logo.