Author: Dr D.L. Lim (Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage)
Presentation - Impact of COVID-19 and current initiatives in Africa
Reclaiming African Heritage for the Post-COVID Era
Dr D.L. Lim (Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage)
Dr D.L. Lim (Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage) - Primary Author
Modern cultural heritage passes through the hands and hearts of diverse African professionals trained in multiple methods of preserving and transmitting culture. They embody the rich living traditions and legacies of distinct regional contexts. Though every sector of cultural heritage has been hard hit by the ongoing pandemic, these consequences are far from geopolitically monolithic. In an effort to propose a practical means for international policymakers and funding bodies to promote social and economic equity in Africa, the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage implemented a study between May and September 2021 to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on African cultural heritage training programs, practitioners, and institutions. Based on over 84 survey questionnaires and 32 individual interviews with students and professionals from 14 African countries, including Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, this presentation highlights the voices of frontline cultural workers. Many speak to the importance of incentivizing national governments and local communities to not only take pride in preserving their own heritage, but to mobilize their own cultural capital to create more sustainable employment opportunities. This study demonstrates how African cultural heritage professionals are adapting their training to bolster a labor infrastructure that best befits their context. They not only recognize the agency and resilience of the originating communities they work for, with, and alongside, but propose ethical ways to raise public awareness regarding the importance and relevance of African cultural heritage on the global stage.
Author: Dr EPJ Jones (Fowler Museum at UCLA)
Presentation - Repatriation, access & co-curation
More Questions/Better Questions: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Object Research
Dr EPJ Jones (Fowler Museum at UCLA)
Dr EPJ Jones (Fowler Museum at UCLA) - Primary Author
In 2019, the Fowler Museum at UCLA began a three-year Mellon-funded research project aimed at taking a closer look at a sub-set of the Fowler’s collection of African arts. This sub-set constitutes a 1965 donation to the Museum from the Wellcome Trust of around 7,000 objects collected during the colonial period. At the core of this project is an interdisciplinary approach—utilizing archival, conservation, and curatorial research—to engage a wide range of methodologies to study the histories of these objects. In the course of this ongoing research, our team has found that our interdisciplinary approach has resulted in more questions than answers, but in every case, those questions are better, more specific, and more nuanced, than the ones we were asking at the start. This presentation will look at a selection of case studies that highlight some of our findings with regards to compiling narrative provenance for these objects, and the logistical, ethical, and methodological challenges we’ve encountered. And stemming from this research, the presentation will conclude with a brief discussion of the initial steps we are taking towards repatriations of some of these objects.
Important Dates
Conference Duration
27 October 2021 - 29 October 2021
14 September 2021 - 26 October 2021 [OPEN]
Call For Abstracts
14 September 2021 - 26 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