Mareike Spaeth

Mareike Späth

Mareike Späth studied Ethnology, African Studies and Public Law at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and received her PhD as a member of the research group The poetics and politics of national commemoration in Africa from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
As research assistant at the Institute for Anthropology and African Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Goethe University Frankfurt, she focussed her work on questions of historiography and heritage-making. As part of various academic projects, she worked in East and West Africa, particularly in Tanzania and Madagascar. In 2018, she took up a position as curatorial assistant for the African collection at the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg, where in 2019 she curated the exhibition Amani. Traces of a Colonial Research Center together with Wenzel Geißler. In 2020, she joined the Landesmuseum Hannover as curator for the ethnographic collection.
Mareike Späth is a member of the Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung where, since 2020, she acts as spokesperson for the Working Group Colonial Provenances. She is also member of the AG Museums at the German Anthropological Association and the network Colonial Contexts.

Selected Publications

  • „Cleaning up the past“. In: Isabel Bredenbröker, Christina Hanzen und Felix Kotzur (Hrsg.): Cleaning and Value. Leiden: Sidestone Press 2020.
  • Ein günstiger Augenblick. Das Jubiläum der Unabhängigkeit in Madagaskar. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag 2020. (Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung 44).
  • „Amani im MARKK“. In: Paul Wenzel Geißler et al.: Amani. Auf den Spuren einer kolonialen Forschungsstation in Tansania. Bielefeld: transcript 2019, 20-31. (postcolonial studies).
  • „Creating and debating independence as national heritage in Madagascar“. In: Robert Kusek und Jacek Purchla: Heritage and Society. Krakau: International Cultural Centre 2019 , 283-298.
  • Zusammen mit Konstanze N’Guessan: „Y’a bon?’ Popularizing Tirailleurs Africains as Heroes of (Anti-)Colonialism”. In: Barbara Korte, Simon Wendt und Nicole Falkenhayner (Hrsg.): Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Contemporary Culture. New York: Routledge 2019, 38-60. (Routledge Studies in Cultural History).
  • Zusammen mit Barbara Plankensteiner: „Von den Küsten Afrikas in die Hamburger Sammlung“ In: Jeanette Kokott und Fumi Takayanagi (Hrsg.): Erste Dinge – Rückblick für Ausblick. First Things – Looking back to look forward. Hamburg: MARKK 2018, 26-32.
  • Zusammen mit Helihanta Rajaonarison: „National days between commemoration and celebration: Remembering 1947 and 1960 in Madagascar”. Anthropology Southern Africa 36(2013 )1&2, 47–57.


Mareike Späth

Curator State Musuem Hannover


Head of the Subproject: Conditions of acquisitions in colonial Cameroon