The PAESE joint project cooperates closely with various projects on the provenance research of collections from colonial contexts, which are described in more detail below.
Die globalen Handelsnetzwerke der Alfelder Tierhandelsunternehmen Reiche und Ruhe – Provenienzforschung zur Zirkulation von Tieren, Menschen und Ethnographica im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert
Two animal trading companies were established in Alfeld in mid-19th century: the firms of Ludwig Ruhe and Carl Reiche. With the opening of the Hannöversche Südbahn in 1953, Alfeld quickly developed from a relatively small provincial town into a regionally important industrial centre. From there, the companies Reiche and L. Ruhe built a globe-spanning trading network that initially shipped canaries from the Harz region to North America and, from the 1860s at the latest, frequently imported non-European wild animals to Europe...
Legal Problems of Provenance and Restitution of African Cultural Objects
Studies on the role of colonial law for provenance research on cultural assets and transfer of the results of legal provenance research for actual restitution.
Colonial Germany and the Hidden Cultural History of Germany in Ethnographic Collections
The project ‘Colonial Germany and the Hidden Cultural History of Germany in Ethnographic Collections’ brings together historical colonial collections from across Germany and the United States of America in a unique approach to provenance research. Working with major museum collections from New York to Bremen, the project has compiled an electronic database of more than 20,000 objects and more than 400 collectors, as of the end of 2019...