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Yann LeGall


Postdoctoral researcher

Room: A 083
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 314 24307
Email: yann.legall[at]tu-berlin.de

Research project:
The Restitution of Knowledge: artefacts as archives in the (post)colonial museum

Completed projects

2016 - 2019

Remembering the Dismembered: African Human Remains and Memory Cultures in and after Repatriation

PhD Thesis



LeGall, Yann (2020) "Songea Mbano, Maji Maji Flava, and the 'Halfway Dead' of the Majimaji War (1905-07)." Human Remains and Violence 6:2 (Fall 2020), Manchester University Press, pp. 4-22. Open access.

Kopp, Christian, Yann LeGall & Mnyaka Sururu Mboro (forthcoming). "'Small is beautiful': Postcolonial Walking Tours as a Form of Street Justice." Everything Passes Except the Past, Goethe Institute Bruxelles.

LeGall, Yann (2020). Review: Greve, Anna. "Koloniales Erbe: kritische Weißseinforschung in der praktischen Museumsarbeit". Provenienz und Forschung, Deutsches Zentrum für Kulturgutverluste.

--- (2016). "The Return of Human Remains to the Pacific: Resurgence of Ancestors and Emergence of Postcolonial Memory Practices." Postcolonial Justice: Reassessing the Fair Go. Edited by Gigi Adair and Anja Schwarz. Trier: WVT, pp. 45-60.

--- (2016). Review: Förster, Larissa & Holger Stoecker. "Haut, Haar und Knochen: Koloniale Spuren in naturkundlichen Sammlungen der Universität Jena". HSozKult, 4 Nov. 2016. Open access.


Non-peer-reviewed articles:

- “Aboadea nfa omo kra nsie yie”: Brandenburg-Prussian kings, enslaved Africans, and the problem with representation in the public space

- "You are welcome to Moshi": Mangi Meli's grandson visits Berlin to tell the story of German colonial violence in the Kilimanjaro region

- The Orangerie Castle in Potsdam, the Boxer movement in China and astronomical instruments

- The New Palace and the Peak of the Kilimanjaro

- Oduor Obura: "We need to find names for the busts"

- Invaders? Migrants? Refugees? The Migration Museum in Adelaide and its diverse communities

- Dada Afrika in Berlin: Dialogue comes with a price that exhibitions are rarely eager to pay

- Schädel X: The echoes of German colonial history in a skull



Research interests

Repatriation of ancestral remains
Restitution of looted art and artefacts
Colonial heritage
Memory studies
Digital humanities
Academic activism


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