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Title:The dilemmas of digital patrimonialization: the Digital Museum of African and Afro-Brazilian Memory
Author:Sansone, LivioISNI
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
South America
Subjects:cultural heritage
conservation of cultural heritage
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/hia.2013.4
Abstract:Historically subaltern groups envisage new possibilities for the creation of community museums and exhibits. This seems to be particularly true of the Global South and, even more so, of Sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora to Southern America - two regions of the world where, when it concerns ethno-racial minorities and social movements, presential museums and 'actual' archives have more often than not been poorly funded, ill-equipped, and underscored. This article teases out the process of creating such a digital museum that focuses on African and Afro-Brazilian heritage. It is a technological and political experiment that is being developed in a country experiencing a process of rediscovery and of the patrimonialization of a set of elements of popular culture, within which 'Africa' as a trope has moved from being generally considered a historical onus to (Western-oriented) progress to become a bonus for a country that is discovering itself both multiculturally and as part of the powerful group of BRIC nations (Brazil/Russia/India/China). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]