This international conference seeks to examine transnational trajectories of material culture and focuses on the various ways in which mobility reshapes immaterial characteristics of artefacts. It discusses the processes of disbanding material heritage from its original context and investigates the implications for the transformation of meanings.  

Intangible features of material culture are diverse and range from historical, cultural, political to legal and fiscal attributes. Transferred artefacts are susceptible to change in many different respects and could eventually transform the narratives and politics of collective memory and identity they were intended to give evidence for. On the other hand, it is often characteristic for transferred artefacts to infuse other cultures with what is foreign to them and also have the propensity to influence perceptions and relationships between cultures.  


“Stone figure in the Pucara style”. However, it became famous under the name “Ekeko” in line with its controversially discussed return to Bolivia in 2014. Today, the figure is preserved and exhibited in Museo Nacional de Arqueología MUNARQ in La Paz.


© Bernisches Historisches Museum, Christine Mohr