Restitution and Institutional Change

Restitution and Institutional Change is a Sackler-Caird funded art research project about the repatriation of non-Western intellectual property and material culture globally from the UK and Europe.

It is research by Professor of Global Art, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, resulting from changes to institutional practice in national museums that impacts Indigenous communities internationally. This research is conducted during the period 2014-2020 following the publication of Carroll's monograph Art in the Time of Colony (2014). This was followed by a study published as The Importance of Being Anachronistic: Museum Reparation and Contemporary Aboriginal Art (2016) in which the topic of repatriation was explored with senior Aboriginal scholar and artist, Julie Gough who gave a Barber lecture in 2017.

As editor at the flagship journal Third Text, Carroll has created a major partnership with the British Museum and will publish the proceedings of two important conferences in 2018. One of these was on the theme of Exhibiting Empire, following Carroll's critical assessment of the Tate's Artist and Empire exhibition in an online forum of Third Text. The second was the Royal Anthropological Institute's annual conference panel on 'Representing 'Modern' Global, Local and Imperial Histories in Object Centred Museums'. Third Text is focusing currently on '30 years of Decolonizing the Canon' to celebrate its unique position in this field.