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Words by Tina Palaić

Available online: Slovene Ethnographic Museum: Series of conversations on racism

In a series of conversations on racism, that took place between 9th and 11th February at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, we spoke about the role of science, museums, media and education in supporting racist ideas, and exploring their (possible) role in combating racism and promoting social justice and equality.

We talked about racism in science with ethnologist Rajko Muršič, professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. Some insights into museum worlds were shared by a historian Aleksandra Berberih-Slana, a general director of the National Liberation Museum Maribor, Slovenia, and a president of the Association of Slovene Museums; and Ralf Čeplak Mencin, ethnologist, museum curator for Asia, Oceania and Australia in the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, and president of ICME - The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Ethnography. We spoke about media representations of the African continent among Slovenes between 1850 and 1950 with Anja Polajnar, who analysed Slovene missionary journals. Max Zimani, the executive director at Skuhna – a social business model kitchen, and at Zavod Global – Institute for Global Learning and Projects, shared insights from his long-running efforts to combat racism in the Slovene society, and commented on narratives about the African continent identified in contemporary student’s books for geography and history.

We kindly invited you to listen to the conversations  here  (in Slovenian).