Day 1 - Knowledge sharing

Prof Norman Duncan

Prof Norman Duncan was appointed as Vice-Principal: Academic at the University of Pretoria in 2014. The portfolio includes responsibility for all nine faculties and GIBS and focuses on promoting excellence in teaching and learning at undergraduate level. Prof Duncan also oversees and ensures the implementation of the University’s academic plans and policies.

After obtaining a BA degree in History and Psychology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 1979, Prof Duncan later added a major and two diplomas in French at UWC and the Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III, respectively. He obtained his MA in Clinical Psychology at the Université Paul Valérie Montpellier III in France in 1987, and his D Phil at the University of the Western Cape in 1994.

Prof Duncan started his academic career in 1987 at UWC and after stints at the Universities of Venda and South Africa, he was appointed as Chair in the Discipline of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2004 where he was subsequently employed in various capacities. He later became the Head of the Department of Psychology and, from 2006 to 2011, was the Head of the School of Human and Community Development. Prior to his appointment as Vice-Principal Prof Duncan was the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, a position he held since May 2012.

Prof Duncan has extensive experience as lecturer and in developing curricula and teaching materials, has published widely in his field in academic journals and books. He currently serves as one of the lead researchers on the Apartheid Archive Research Project, a cross-disciplinary, cross-national study of the enduring effects of apartheid-era racism on people’s lives. He is on the editorial boards of several prominent academic journals and is a member of, among others, the Academy of Science of South Africa. 


Prof Vasu Reddy

Vasu Reddy is currently Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria. He studied at the University of Natal (BA Honours in Languages and Literature), Higher Diploma in Education (University of Natal), Master of Arts in Comparative Literature (University of the Witwatersrand) and a PhD in Gender Studies (University of KwaZulu-Natal). Prior to joining the University of Pretoria, he was the Executive Director of the Human and Social Development Research Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council.

His research interests and focus of work is in human development and identity marker issues (principally gender, sexuality, HIV, social justice, diversity) and the humanities that also address policy dimensions. He published in many leading journals. He is also the author and co-author of numerous books.


Prof Alexander Johnson

Since his appointment at the University of Pretoria in 2001, Prof Johnson has been responsible for developing the curriculum, teaching a many undergraduate courses in the Music Department, and supervising a substantial number of postgraduate students majoring in Musicology and Composition.

As a composer, he also enjoys a career of considerable international renown. Over the past 25 years, his compositions have frequently been performed and broadcast in South Africa, as well as abroad in countries such as the United Kingdom, the USA, France, Corsica, Serbia, Croatia, Russia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, China, Poland, Tobago and Portugal. He has published more than 50 compositions to date, including prescribed compositions for various National and International competitions as well as examination bodies such as Unisa and the Trinity College of Music in the United Kingdom. One of his works is also published in the International Journal of Contemporary Compositions.

He is a founding board member of the Collegium of National Composers and the founder and director of the Stefans Grové National Composition Competition which has, as its main focus, the promotion and upliftment of the classical music arts in South Africa.


Prof Mariët Westermann

Mariët Westermann, former executive vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, joined NYU Abu Dhabi as Vice Chancellor and Professor in August 2019. 

During her nine years at Mellon, Westermann oversaw the Foundation's annual grant making and research portfolio of more than $300 million. She re-envisioned the Foundation's strategy, launching initiatives that promote higher education, the humanities and the arts, strengthen liberal arts curricula and graduate education, reinforce community colleges, renew preservation of cultural heritage, and support scholars and artists at risk. From 2002 to 2010 she was at NYU, first as director of the Institute of Fine Arts in New York and then as the first provost of NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a start-up team to set up the campus and recruit faculty and students. A widely published art historian, she began her professorial career at Rutgers University.

Mariët received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College, and earned her Masters and PhD at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts.


Dr Maartje Stols-Witlox

Dr. Maartje Stols-Witlox is associate professor at and programme director of the MA program Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of the University of Amsterdam. She is an art historian and paintings conservator and teaches topics related to painting conservation practice and historical source research. Maartje supervises MA research projects, internships and PhD candidates.

Stols-Witlox obtained a BA and MA in Art History at the University of Leiden and subsequently studied Conservation of paintings and painted objects at the post-graduate programme of the Limburg Conservation Institute in Maastricht. She specialised further in the structural conservation of panel paintings during a six-month internship at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge. Stols subsequently worked as a paintings’ conservator in The Mauritshuis, The Hague, in several private studios in the Netherlands, and has her own private conservation practice.

Stols-Witlox has acted member of a number of scientific boards, including those of the 2015 Metal Soaps in Art Conference (Amsterdam) and the 2018 Trade in Artists Materials Conference (Copenhagen, Denmark), and was member of the organising committee of the 2018 Preservering Rembrandt symposium and the steering committee of the Mobility Creates Master (MoCMa) network.


Prof Alison Murray

Alison Murray is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Coordinator in the Art Conservation Program, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She received her honours B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  In graduate school, she specialized in Conservation Science, offered in a joint program between Hopkins and the Smithsonian Institution.  She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation. Alison is interested in materials science and conservation applied to cultural heritage, including paintings and archaeological objects.  Her research has integrated information from mechanical testing data, chemical analysis, and surface analysis, with the goal of quantifying changes brought about by the cleaning process, ageing, and environmental conditions.  Another area of research is improving the teaching of science to art conservation students. 


NICAS Research Associates

The multi-year programme 'A Global Infrastructure for Heritage Science', carried out within the framework of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation+Art+Science+ and made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will conduct an international field survey to map and analyse the ways in which the material properties of heritage are studied, presented and preserved. 

Launched in September 2021, the first phase of the programme will be carried out by a team of six research associates, each focusing on a specific heritage science field. Tamar Hestrin-Grader, with a multidisciplinary background in historical performance practice, musicology, and art history, will focus on wooden objects, including furniture and musical instruments. Marie-Noëlle Grison, Art Historian, curator of prints and drawings, and printmaker, will be in charge of the inventory research in the field of paper, book and photographic materials. Annelena de Groot has a BA in art history and a MS focusing on conservation of textiles and technical research; always looking to connect disciplines, she will focus on the field of textile heritage during the project. Maria Laura Petruzzellis, Conservator of Modern and Contemporary Art and PhD candidate in art history will explore the field of modern and contemporary art. Gadis Fitriana Putri, emerging conservator of paintings and educator with an MA of cultural materials conservation, will focus on the aspects surrounding painting collections. Glennis Rayermann, a conservation scientist with a PhD in chemistry, will focus on glass, ceramic, stone and metal objects.

During this initial one-year phase, we seek to identify the major challenges facing the field today, and in the future, as well as the opportunities that exist for more fruitful collaboration. We will draft Road Maps illustrating potential ways forward, with specific attention for the ways in which existing networks and organisations can be used and linked to facilitate the exchange of ideas and practices.


Dr Anupam Sah

Anupam Sah is a heritage conservation restoration strategist, practitioner and educator and is presently the consulting head of art conservation, research and training at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre, Mumbai. He is also the founder of the not-forprofit Himalayan Society for Heritage and Art Conservation and AnupamHeritageLab (India) Pvt. Ltd. Sah, a heritage conservation services and consultancy firm. Anupam works on conservation projects with a Systems Approach based on the premise that various problems are inter-related and form networked cycles of effects and causes. Interventions at the appropriate place can effect large changes in the system and bring about desirable change.

He has rendered heritage conservation, training and consulting services to the Government of India’s Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Urban Development, various State Governments, Universities, NGOs,World Bank, UNDP, UNESCO, and others. The President of Italy has recently conferred on him the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy for excellence in the field of restoration.


Dr Stefan Simon

Stefan Simon is since 2005 Director of the Rathgen Research Laboratory with the National Museums Berlin.

Trained as a heritage scientist, Simon earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He served as a Council Member and Vice President of ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.

As Inaugural Director of Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Director of the Yale’s Global Cultural Heritage Initiatives (2014-2019), Stefan Simon prioritized the advancement of sustainable conservation strategies triggered by climate change, conflict and crisis, and questions of conservation documentation, authenticity and access in the digital age.

Between 2001 and 2005 he led the Building Materials Section at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. Simon is a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, and has been recognized with Honorary Professorships at X´ian Jiaotong University, China, and the Technical University Berlin. He has co-authored and published more than 150 articles on the preservation of cultural heritage.


Dr Florian Knothe

Dr. Florian Knothe studies and teaches the history of decorative arts in the 17th and 18th centuries with particular focus on the social and historic importance of royal French manufacture. He has long been interested in the early modern fascination with Chinoiserie and the way royal workshops and smaller private enterprises helped to create and cater to this long-lasting fashion. Florian is currently working on a study of the scientific and technological development of art objects, bringing together results from both historical and chemical analysis, and launching UMAG_STArts that teaches the science and technology of art.

Florian started his career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Before joining The University of Hong Kong, where he now serves as Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG), Florian was the curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass overseeing the European and East Asian departments. There, he organized an exhibition on East Meets West, and afterward, lectured internationally on cross-cultural influences in art and workshop practices in Western Europe and East Asia.


Prof Tor Broström 

Tor Broström is Professor in Building Conservation at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University, a Licentiate of Technology from Chalmers Institute of Technology and a PhD from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology.

His research is about energy efficiency, indoor climate control and climate change adaption for historic buildings. Currently he is the scientific coordinator of the Swedish National R&D Program on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings.


Day 2 - The impact of Covid and current initiatives in Africa

Mrs Maggi Loubser

Her career in X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy started as a laboratory technician at the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa in 1988.  In 1994 she joined the Geology department of the University of Pretoria (UP) where for the next fourteen years the X-ray laboratory was build up to a state of the art facility. She joined PPC Cement in November, 2008, where her duties involved the training, mentoring and capacity building of the chemists in the group, ensuring world-class analytical laboratory practices and implement best practices across the group.  She was involved in the African expansion; assisting in the planning, building and commissioning of laboratories all over Africa. Since October 2014 she headed the R&D team. In April 2016 GeoMag GeoChem was created to provide her with the opportunity to do what she likes best, teaching, technical support in various industries.  In January 2019 University of Pretoria convinced her to return to academia on a two year contract to head up a new Masters programme in Tangible Heritage Conservation.

Currently her life is a potpourri of different experiences:  She supports the mining and manufacturing industry in training, calibration of XRF spectrometers, method development, and gap identification.  She does a lot of work on handheld spectrometers and aims to introduce portable XRF as benchmark technique for conservation in Africa.  This gives her the opportunity to play with anything from shipwreck treasures to paintings and heritage sculptures.  Her latest challenge as programme manager for the Tangible Heritage Master’s programme has her teaching science to students with a humanities background to equip them to better understand the materials they work with in conservation and research of cultural heritage objects.


Ms Mariana Vidangossy

Bachelor in Arts and Printmaker from Universidad de Chile, Master degree in Conservation and Restoration from Universidad Finis Terrae, and Diploma in Conservations and Restoration from Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Currently working as Conservator in the Universidad Austral de Chile, preserving university collections and assisting in local heritage conservation projects. Her research interests concern collections management and paper objects conservation, as well as integrating teams and associative works to develop activities, methodologies, and training in participatory conservation. 

Lead conservator in different projects as the conservation of the exhibited collections in the community-based museum “Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas” (2020-2021), conservation of the stored collections in the archeological and anthropological museum “Museo Arturo Möller” (2019-2020), recondition of the Collection’s Storage of the Historical Museum from the Universidad Austral de Chile (2018-2019). 

An active member of a network of museums and cultural centers in southern Chile “Red de Museos de la Región de Los Ríos”, from where she has contributed to strengthen and train the communities associated with these spaces and their heritage, in processes of conservation and documentation of collections, for example, the conservation of the Virgen of Macera Island (2017), the rescue of liturgic heritage from the Church of San Francisco (2018), and teaching conservation techniques to the collaborators and community of the Neltume museum (2020). 

Active partner of ICOM-Chile, leader of the southern macro zone in the processes of participation in the consultation process of the new definition of museums, convening and systematizing the information and diverse realities of the territories.


Mrs Karin Weill

Anthropologist, MBA and Diploma in Senior Management from the Universidad Austral de Chile, and Diploma in Curatorship from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and certified in the international course on Climate Change and Heritage. Currently in charge of the Cruces River Wetlands Center of the Universidad Austral de Chile. Extensive experience in the management and coordination of projects related to the cultural heritage of southern Chile. Also, director of the Directorate of Museums of the Universidad Austral de Chile in 2014-2019, director of the German Colonial Museum of the same university in 2001-2005. Responsible for heritage management projects, community museography, curatorship and others, which address work with communities, such as the direction of the EULAC MUSEOS Project funded by the European Union Research and Innovation Program H2020 No. 693669. She also has extensive experience linked to other projects on community cultural heritage in southern Chile. In addition, she has significant teaching experience in cultural heritage management and evaluation of national and international projects. She is a member of ICOM Chile and part of the Sustainability Working Group of ICOM.


Dr Susan Keitumetse

Dr. Susan O. Keitumetse, is at the University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute as a researcher in cultural heritage and tourism where she undertakes applied research in areas such as the Okavango inland Delta World Heritage Site and Kalahari desert. She works towards developing a cultural heritage management program for Africa using experience from her work. Of particular note is her developing conservation model of Community-Based Cultural Heritage Resources Management (COBACHREM) to guide practitioners and scholars on management procedures that are specific to cultural resources.

Dr Susan O. Keitumetse obtained a degree in Archaeology and Environmental Sciences and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Geography and History) from the University of Botswana. She went on to compete for and win two separate Commonwealth scholarships both to University of Cambridge, UK, where she pursued MPhil (Archaeological Heritage Management and Museums) and later on PhD (African cultural heritage and Sustainable Development) sponsored by the Cambridge Livingstone Trust. During her post-graduate studies, she combined both environmental science and archaeology disciplines to venture into the broader cultural and heritage management studies with a thesis on sustainable development and cultural heritage management at the department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. With a view to catalyze the linkage between the natural environment and cultural and heritage environs in Africa, Dr Keitumetse conducted various researches and published works that illustrate the relevance of cultural and heritage resources for the broader environmental conservation.


Mrs Alison Gilchrest

Alison Gilchrest is the Director of Applied Research and Outreach at Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH).  In this role, she facilitates sustained research and training partnerships between IPCH and communities of practice, with an emphasis on collaborations outside of North America and Europe.  Prior to arriving at Yale, Alison was Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where she stewarded the largest US-based grant program focused on the art historical, curatorial, scholarly research, art conservation, and the heritage science domains. 

For nearly two decades, she has led national and international initiatives to make progress on issues such as diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion across art museums and art conservation, cultures of museum knowledge management, Native and Indigenous cultural heritage, art of Africa and its diasporas, academic museum and library collaboration, scholarship and preservation of time-based media and contemporary art, financial literacy and emergency preparedness for cultural non-profits, and object-based humanities curriculum in higher education. 

Gilchrest has previously held research and technical positions in art history and conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She holds an AB in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College and an MSIS in Museum Information Systems from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science.   She currently serves on the boards of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, PA; and Voices In Contemporary Art (VoCA.network).


Dr Denise Lim

Dr. Denise Lim is an independent consultant for the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH). Denise has a BA in English and Sociology from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in African Studies, and a PhD in Sociology from Yale University, where she was both a lecturer and a research fellow at the Yale IPCH. Denise has worked for over 15 years in the transdisciplinary sociology of diverse African communities, concentrating on southern Africa and the region’s diverse cultural practices. She co-curated the Contemporary Art/South Africa exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2014 and has undertaken curation, research, and teaching within Yale’s notable African art collection. As part of her dissertation fieldwork, Denise collaborated with South African artist Mikhael Subotzky to access and research his and Patrick Waterhouse’s Ponte City (2014) art archive. As part of her fieldwork, Denise photographed and catalogued thousands of artifacts that the two artists collected from an infamous residential tower named Ponte, a Brutalist building in the heart of Johannesburg that was constructed during apartheid in 1975. Denise recontextualized these artifacts with multimedia forms of data including Ponte’s photographic archive, architectural blueprints, city planning documents, tenant applications from the National Archives, documentary films, and newspaper articles. She is now a postdoctoral scholar for the African Collections project at the Stanford University Archaeology Collections (SUAC), and will be co-teaching a course entitled The African Archive Beyond Colonization, as well as preparing a virtual and on-site exhibition of highlight objects from SUAC's African collections.


Charlotte Ashamu 

Charlotte Ashamu is a consultant at IPCH leading the development of the Directors’ Forum, a new initiative working with leaders of Africa’s museums and cultural institutions. Charlotte is a global executive with a 20-year career in international and public affairs. Prior to Yale, she served as the Associate Director of Advancement and External Affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Previously, she was a Senior Advisor at the African Development Bank, the largest development finance institution on the African continent. In addition, Charlotte served in leadership roles at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, where she managed programs in over 15 countries to foster the growth of small businesses in the retail, tourism, manufacturing and service industries. Charlotte spent the earlier part of her career as an international trade specialist at the Whitaker Group and Abt Associates in Washington, DC.

A graduate of the Paris Fashion Institute, Charlotte has an extensive portfolio of projects in curating and exhibiting contemporary African design, and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Charlotte is the founder of a social venture, Dabira, which supports young creative entrepreneurs in Africa. She currently serves on the advisory council of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs and on the boards of several non-profit organizations. She is the recipient of the Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship awarded annually by billionaire philanthropist, Mo Ibrahim. Charlotte holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Africana Studies from Wellesley College and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


Wanjiry Koinange

Wanjiru Koinange is a writer, restorer of libraries and entrepreneur from Nairobi, Kenya.  She was raised on a farm on the outskirts of the city with her four siblings. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Literature from Nairobi’s United States International University, after which she worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians – then as a festival and events manager.  She then later pursued a Masters in Creative Writing from the University in Cape Town. During this time she also worked to explore how art may be used as a catalyst for social change. This was channelled through the global non-profit organisation, Africa Centre. While in Cape Town, she also served on the editorial team of Chimurenga.

Her writing has been published in several journals and magazines across the continent including Chimurenga, SlipNet and Commonwealth Writers where she served as a cultural correspondent for East and Southern Africa in 2015. During this stint, she published this piece about the McMillan Memorial Library – Kenya’s second oldest library.

This article was the major inspiration for the formation of Book Bunk which Wanjiru co-founded with Angela Wachuka in 2017. This independent non-profit organisation renovates and manages some of Nairobi’s most iconic public libraries. The McMillan Memorial Library and two of its smaller branches in Kaloleni and Makadara are the organisation’s flagship projects. The formation of Book Bunk Trust was inspired by a core belief that our public spaces are essential to a collective Kenyan imagination, and can be steered to become more than just rooms full of books to act as centres of knowledge, art, sharing and community.

Wanjiru is also a publisher at Bunk Books, an imprint of Book Bunk Limited which is the commercial arm of Book Bunk Trust.


Chao Maina

Chao Tayiana Maina is a Kenyan digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar working at the intersection of culture and technology. Her work primarily focuses on the application of technology in the preservation, engagement and dissemination of African heritage.

She is the founder of African Digital Heritage, a co-founder of the Museum of British Colonialism and a co-founder of the Open Restitution Africa project. She holds an MSc International Heritage Visualisation (distinction) and a BSc Mathematics and Computer Science. Her research work explored the possibilities of embedding intangible histories in 3D digital environments.  She is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg scholarship for women in technology.

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Reuters, BBC news, BBC Arts, Ntv, KBC and 3Sat.


Mrs Thina Miya

Thina Miya is an assistant curator for the Constitutional Court Trust (CCT), custodian of the Constitutional Court Art Collection (CCAC). At the CCT, Miya has participated in conservation internships with various conservators and workshops related to preventative conservation. Miya holds a diploma in Fine Arts and trained as a theatre stage manager and director before coming to the CCT. She has also interned as an arts administrator while running children's theatre shows in her capacity.


Ms Kay-Leigh Fisher

Kay-Leigh Fisher is an artist-curator with an honours degree in Fine Art from the Wits School of Arts and Curatorship from UCT and the Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA). She is the current graduate curatorial intern for the Constitutional Court Trust, custodian of the Constitutional Court Art Collection. Fisher curates collaborative zines as alternative exhibition and archival spaces and has participated in an internship programme at the A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town. During her time at A4, Fisher investigated Cameroon and Uganda's performance and live art terrains, culminating in a zine titled FOMO: What is Happening in Places No One is Looking?.


Ms Mabafokeng Hoeane

Hoeane holds an undergraduate degree in History and Anthropology studies (2016), an Honours in History (2018) and a Master’s degree in Tangible Heritage Conservation (2021), all obtained from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her research for the Honours degree explored the history of women at the University of Pretoria. Her MA studies focused on the relationship between art and healing communities through curation and conservation of African sacred artefacts in Museums and galleries.


Gogo Thato Tshukudu

Thato Tshukudu (Gogo Mthunzi/Mkhulu Manzini) is a sangoma, diviner and nature therapist living in Pretoria and has been a practising as a traditional healer for over 11 years.

Her passion is to debunk the myths and negative publicity that surrounds traditional healing. She is an avid promoter and advocate for the celebration and preservation of African culture and heritage.

She shares her experiences regarding her gift on social networks and various media platforms to demonstrate the positive impact that traditional healing has on the community and to encourage tolerance and acceptance for African Spirituality within our society. She takes people on specially curated spiritual retreats to sacred sites and natural spaces nationwide in order to encourage their connection to the divine healing power of Mother Nature.


Ms Motsane Seabela

Seabela is Curator of the Anthropology Collection at DITSONG National Museum of Cultural History in South Africa. She holds a Masters in Museums and Heritage Studies (cum laude), University of Pretoria. Currently, she is reading for her PhD in Heritage and Museums Studies at the University of Pretoria.

Seabela is also a fellow of the British Museum International Training Program (ITP). Her work as a curator entails among others, the overseeing of 25 000 artefacts, mainly from Southern Africa and exhibitions development. She occasionally contributes and comments on heritage issues on television and radio stations. 

Some of her interests include space, place and belonging, missionary collections in museums, Repatriation and restitution of African artefacts and Decolonisation of museums. Her recent publications deal with the silenced histories of Black people at the Sammy Marks Museum in South Africa.


Gogo Khanyakude

Tiisetso Ntuthuko Makhubedu/Gogo Khanyakude is an initiated Sangoma with 8 years in the space: reconnecting people & communities inuties to ancestry, geneology and identity and how this informs our holistic health and wellness.

As practicing Inyanga: a ethnomedicine practitioner , Gobela: a person who guides and holds space in the creational/training process of other Sangomas (called) and  is an archive of the knowledge of ancients &antiquity) and as a contemporary offering he lends his services head of Ukudloza Indigenous Consultancy.

He is a thought leader in the field often featured in mainstream media, institutions of learning and other stakeholders around Isintu & Bungoma & IKS.


Anniln Matshebi Matabane

Matabane is the Director of Reach Archaeology Consulting. Specialises in the conservation, mitigation and management of sacred living spaces specific to burial grounds, graves and the repatriation of human remains in cultural heritage resources management.

She holds a Master’s  degree in Archaeology from the University of Pretoria. Matabane's primary research interests are in African led-ethical methods and practices in the exhumation, handling, transportation and relocation of human remains as well as the spiritual repatriation of these cultural spaces.


Mkhulu Sisonke Papu

Sisonkepapu (KHNYSA) is iGqiRha and a multidimensional conduit whose storytelling explores spatial, emotional and spiritual temporalities by engaging ideas of everydayness, the real and imaginary, dreams and memory, the unseen, as well as the mythical, ritual and cosmic.

The founder and director of ISPILI Network, a transmedia platform and open space for collaboration, innovation and collective healing based in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

ISPILI Network’s mission is to generate, preserve and transmit unique content that explores creative and innovative ways of honouring and activating the rich Eastern Cape cultural heritage and oral histories, capacitate organic research methods and application of Indigenous Knowledges and Healing Modalities through podcasts, various forms of publications, as well as audio visual formats to promote African cosmologies, self-knowledge and nation-building through creative expression/ knowing/ sensing.


Day 3 - Repatriation, access & co-curation

Mrs Lina Nagel

Lina Nagel’s education background are Studies on Conservation of Monuments at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany; a MA in History of Art and Classical Archaeology at the Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany; and a MA in Studies and Management of Cultural Heritage at Universidad de Tarapacá, Santiago, Chile. Her work experience includes Register and Inventories, Servicio Nacional del Patrimonio Cultural, Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio and Coordinator Unit of illicit trafficking of cultural heritage. Servicio Nacional del Patrimonio Cultural. She is also assistant Professor of “Cataloging and Documentation of Cultural Heritage” at Universidd de Chile, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and Universidad Los Andes. She has published on inventories, illicit trafficking of cultural heritage, and history of art.


Mrs Marisol Richter

Art Historian, Master in History of Chile, Universidad of Santiago de Chile. Nowadays, she directs the Master’s degree in History and Cultural Heritage Management, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago de Chile, and previously, she was director of the art museum of the same university for six years. She has conducted research in art history of the vice-regal period and the nineteenth century in Chile; has developed proposals referring to university museum collections, and coordinates projects concerning tools for cultural heritage management.


Mrs Erica P. Jones

Erica P. Jones is Curator of African Arts at the Fowler Museum. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA. Since joining the Fowler Museum in 2015, Jones has organized several exhibitions. In 2018, she curated a solo exhibition of Botswana-born painter Meleko Mokgosi, Bread, Butter, and Power, and authored the accompanying publication. Her 2019 exhibition, On Display in the Walled City: Nigeria at the British Empire Exhibition, 1924–1925, directly relates to the research conducted by the Fowler’s Mellon team.


Prof Rachel Mariembe

Head of the department of Heritage and Museum Studies at the Institute of Fine Art of the University of Douala at Nkongsamba, Archaeologist (Conservator-Museographer), Senior Lecturer at The Institute of Fine Art Nkongsamba.

Ph.D in cultural heritage sciences, specializing in preventive conservation, management of cultural heritage and museography.

Archaeologist, specializing in management of cultural heritage, preventive conservation and museography; with knowledge in the historiography of Africa and Cameroon in the epistemological and documentary perspectives. I also have a mastery in cultural expressions of traditional and contemporary African societies in their geographical, historical, physical, socio-anthropological or symbolic dimensions and rescue excavations.

The goal of my career is to produce a book of technical specifications on the conservation that would safeguard the cultural heritage of local communities in Cameroon and elsewhere.



Important Dates
Conference Duration
27 October 2021 - 29 October 2021
14 September 2021 - 29 October 2021 [CLOSED]
Call For Abstracts
14 September 2021 - 29 October 2021
Global Consortium for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Salomé Le Roux
Contact Email
[email protected]
Contact Number
+2772 213 8238
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Impact of COVID-19 and current initiatives in Africa
  • Repatriation, access & co-curation