About the Author

Despoina Spyropoulou

E-Mail: ds28gyqi@studserv.uni-leipzig.de

Despoina Spyropoulou is a graduate student of Anthropology at the University of Leipzig. Throughout a six-month internship at the Grassi Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig, she had the opportunity to attend and assist the return of four ancestral human remains from Hawaii back to their homeland and people. Developing her Master’s thesis project around this key event of postcolonial reconciliation, she engaged with the social and analytical ambiguity permeating the postcolonial drama of the repatriation of human remains.

Contributions by Author: Despoina Spyropoulou

(Repatriat)Able Bones

Tales of Ambiguity in the Repatriation Nexus

In the contemporary global context in which the effects of racism continue to ignite vigorous debates and social conflicts, any attempt to deal with issues that stretch back to racism’s historical roots acquires a heightened urgency and relevance.[1] Throughout the last few months, the Black Lives Matter movement that followed the death of George Floyd, brought to the fore debates on the colonial memorials in the cities of the Global North in a way perhaps more tensely laden than even before in the last few years.