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Re-Contextualising an Ethnographic Collection. Student Collaboration Bangladesh–Zurich

Amir Mommartz

Five students from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in Bangladesh and four students from the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Zurich (ISEK) present a small glimpse into their collaborative project: Pictures, film material and reflections on the project are currently on display in an installation at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich.

The aim of the project is to recontextualize the ethnographic collections of Lorenz Löffler who did field research in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in the 1950s. How do young people today relate to these collections? Does Löffler’s archive hold any potential for peace-building in the Chittagong Hill Tracts?

The exhibition space introduces visitors to different indigenous cultures of CHT, provides an overview of the ongoing conflict situation, and gives a first insight into the collaborative project.The project is funded by Stiftung für wissenschaftliche Forschung der Universität Zürich and Maleya Foundation.


Opening of the project insight on Saturday 29th of June, 14:00 at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich (Pelikanstasse 40, 8001 Zurich) with speeches by Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch, Mrinal Kanti Tripura and the students of the project.

A public seminar with students’ final presentations will be held on Tuesday, July 2nd, 9:00-12:00 at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich (Pelikanstasse 40, 8001 Zurich).

Contact to get a zoom link for accessing the sessions online.

Students interviewing Menpong Mro, head of Empu Para village, where Lorenz Löffler did field research in 1956. Photo: Rebekka Sutter, 2024.

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