Peter Probst is professor of art history and anthropology. He is based in the department of the history of art and architecture where he runs the interdisciplinary minor Museums, Memory, and Heritage. He is the author and editor of numerous books. His latest book is What is African Art? A Short History (University of Chicago Press 2022). In 2021 he started a new project on the Humboldt Forum in Berlin which is also informing his project at Tisch College
In 2022-2023 he is a Tisch Faculty Fellowship at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. His project is situated at the intersection of art history, anthropology, and museum studies. It intends to explore the civic potential of Marcel Mauss’s classic ideas on (gift) exchange and reciprocity in the context of current debates on decolonization, restitution, and repair at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. Special emphasis will be given to the understanding of heritage as a form of intergenerational exchange. The aim is to translate key ideas of a scholarly project into a student-centered undergraduate class within the Museums, Memory, and Heritage minor.