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Title:Reclaiming heritage: alternative imaginaries of memory in West Africa
Editors:De Jong, FerdinandISNI
Rowlands, M.J.ISNI
Series:Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Critical perspectives on cultural heritage
City:Walnut Creek, CAL
Publisher:Left Coast Press
ISBN:1598743074; 9781598743074
Geographic terms:West Africa
Sierra Leone
Subjects:cultural heritage
conservation of cultural heritage
Abstract:This book examines current heritage practices in West Africa and discusses how they allow us to conceptualize cultural heritage in a new way. It suggests a decolonization of heritage through an examination of postcolonial practices. A number of the papers in the volume were earlier presented at the panel Memory and the Public Sphere during the first European Conference of African Studies (London, 2005). The papers are organized in three sections: Old origins, new imaginaries, Materiality and conservation, and Recognition and reconciliation. Contents: Reconsidering heritage and memory (Michael Rowlands and Ferdinand de Jong). 1: 'Taking on a tradition': African heritage and the testimony of memory (Beverley Butler); Slave route projects: tracing the heritage of slavery in Ghana (Katharina Schramm); Picturing the past: heritage, photography, and the politics of appearance in a Yoruba city (Osogbo) (Peter Probst). 2: Entangled memories and parallel heritages in Mali (Michael Rowlands); 'Enchanting town of mud': Djenné, a World Heritage site in Mali (Charlotte Joy); A masterpiece of masquerading: contradictions of conservation in intangible heritage (Ferdinand de Jong on the Kankurang masquerade, a Mande initiation rite of Gambia and Senegal). 3: From a glorious past to the lands of origin: media consumption and changing narratives of cultural belonging in Mali (Dorothea E. Schulz); Demystified memories: the politics of heritage in post-socialist Guinea (Ramon Sarró); Palimpsest memoryscapes: materializing and mediating war and peace in Sierra Leone (Paul Basu). [ASC Leiden abstract]