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Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Professor Carroll specializes in global histories and contemporary art. Problems of restitution, indigenous heritage, and colonial museums from the sixteenth century to the present are her focus. Her research explores processes for decolonising institutional practice and Western notions of commemoration. Professor Carroll’s work has resulted in a number of research-led projects in collaboration with external partners that have drawn public attention to ongoing colonial legacies, whilst facilitating the repatriation of non-Western materials from the UK and Europe. Her recent project, Cooks New Clothes, involved an extensive programme of work and interventions within the National Maritime Museum Greenwich. This gave rise to changes in the display and narration of exhibitions, allowing the perception of non-western art in the Museum to shift from one of ‘distant,’ ‘native’ and ‘primitive,’ to one that is more critically engaged with British culture and its attendant colonial histories.


  • 2016–present
    Professor of Global Art History , Univeristy of Birmingham


  • 2009 
    Harvard University, PhD