What happens when academics from different disciplines meet in a museum to discuss transculturality and its potential to overcome racism?
In October 2018, Professor Josef Wieland took a research team comprising eight student researchers to the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden. Together they visited the exhibition “Racism – The Invention of Human Races”. The exhibition analysed the workings and scientific methods of racial classification, illustrated its media dissemination, addressed the history of the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in terms of racial propaganda under National Socialism and looked at politics of racial exploitation in the colonial period. The group was joined by sociology students from Dresden’s University of Technology and their professor, Prof. Heike Greschke, as well as museum staff, Dr Susanne Illmer, Dr Carola Rupprecht and the exhibition’s curator Susanne Wernsing. After a guided tour, the group held a workshop to discuss aspects of racism, reflecting on the exhibition and prominent approaches to address inequality, and taking a closer look at the potentials of a transcultural approach and its – primarily economic – perspective. All panel members agreed on the importance of empathy skills and the avoidance of prejudice when facing social diversity in any given context or interaction.
Prof. Dr. Josef Wieland
Vice President | Dean Graduate School Director Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ, Chair of Institutional Economics, Organisational Governance, Integrity Management and Transcultural Leadership
Nils Lukas Geib
Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ
Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, Technische Universität Dresden