november, 2019

tue12nov16h4517h45Looted Art: Taking African Cultural Heritage Restitution Forward16h45 - 17h45 Format:ConversationSession theme:Culture & Education

Speakers for this event

  • Achille MBEMBE

    Achille MBEMBE

    Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

    Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

  • Andreas GORGEN

    Andreas GORGEN

    German Federal Foreign Office

    German Federal Foreign Office

  • Inés DE CASTRO

    Inés DE CASTRO

    Linden-Museums Stuttgart

    Linden-Museums Stuttgart

  • Lazare ELOUNDOU ASSOMO

    Lazare ELOUNDOU ASSOMO

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • Leopoldo AMADO

    Leopoldo AMADO

    Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

    Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

  • Nathalie DELAPALME

    Nathalie DELAPALME

    Fondation Mo Ibrahim

    Fondation Mo Ibrahim

Description

Culture is a key element of identity, as well as of mutual knowledge and understanding. While most of African cultural heritage remains outside the continent following colonization, the present moment represents a key opportunity to build new relationships, while repairing some of the damaged caused during the period. However, the restitution of cultural heritage raises political, legal, practical and ethical questions, and its implementation hinges on consensus. How can we work collaboratively towards new relational ethics? How can a restitution system which ensures the rightful/original owners keep control of their cultural artifacts and assets be designed? What should an effective process of repatriation of African works of art look like?

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