Carsten Wergin and Corinna Erckenbrecht
Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns
Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916). Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien
This publication introduces original and so far unknown material of the Heidelberg scholar Hermann Klaatsch (1863-1916) about the cultural heritage of Indigenous groups in Northwest Australia. Between 1904 and 1907 Klaatsch conducted extensive ethnographic research and collecting activities in Australia. The analyses of his most productive time in Northwest Australia 1905/1906 presents new approaches concerning the history, influence and dissemination of the German academic tradition, its understanding of cultures and research ethics. Thus, this book makes a crucial contribution to provenance research, repatriation and cultural heritage in a globalized world.
Dr. Carsten Wergin is a sociocultural anthropologist and Research Group Leader in Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University (German Excellence Initiative). His work is located at the intersections of culture, ecology and political economy, with regional foci in Australia, the Indian Ocean, as well as islands and coastal regions of the European Ultraperiphery. He is Vice-President of the German Australian Studies Association (GASt) and founding member of the Environmental Anthropology Working Group of the German Anthropological Association (GAA).
Dr. Corinna Erckenbrecht is a cultural anthropologist with an extensive work and research experience regarding collections from Indigenous Australia and Oceania in various museums in Germany and abroad. From 2004-2007 she conducted an in-depth research about Hermann Klaatsch at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Kulturen der Welt in Cologne, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Recently she worked at Heidelberg University in the Junior Research Group “The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistencies” for the research project “From the homo heidelbergensis to the dugong dance: Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Northwest Australia as reflected in the German Science Tradition”.