Methods of Making Culture and History Together

Venue: Marietta-Blau-Saal, Main Building of the University of Vienna
Street address: Universit√§tsring 1, 1010 Wien

Khadija Zinnenburg Carroll is an Austrian-Australian artist and historian specializing in colonial history and visual art. She works on colonial histories through contemporary art. Her art practice involves montaging words and images within films and installations that voice alternate histories through texts and performances. Combining historical and speculative research, storytelling is often her method for finding missing narratives. She is currently working on a comparative history of repatriation. In her keynote she will give us insights into the methodological thoughts behind her work.

Khadija holds a PhD from Harvard University and has curated/co-created various exhibitions internationally including The Lost World (Part 2), Kranich Museum, Vienna Zocolo, and Botanical Drift. She is Professor at the Central European University Vienna and honorary Professor and Chair of Global Art at the University of Birmingham. Areas of specialization in her artistic research are in conceptual art and post-colonialism; migration and border politics; surveillance; nineteenth-century and contemporary global histories of art and science; materials and conservation; museum display cultures; architectural history; sensory ethnography and the collecting of material culture; ecology; non-European ontologies, classification and taxonomy.

Her recent books are Tupaia, Captain Cook and the Voyage of the Endeavour: A Material History (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2022), The Contested Crown: The politics of Repatriation between America and Europe (Chicago University Press, 2022), Mit Fremden Federn (Vienna: Mandelbaum Verlag, 2022), and Bordered Lives: Immigration Detention Archive (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2020). Khadija's films and installations have been shown internationally including at the Venice, Marrakech, and Sharjah Biennales, ZKM, Manifesta, Taxispalais, Extracity, HKW, Royal Museums Greenwich, Savvy, LUX, Chisenhale, SPACE, Project Art Centre Gallery Dublin, St Kilda, Melbourne, and the Casablanca Film Festival. Documentation of these can be seen on her personal website:

This keynote is sponsored by the CENTRAL Network and part of the CENTRAL Workshop: Contemporary Cultural History 2.0. Nurturing Talents of Central and Central Eastern Europe.