Decolonizing Heritage: Time to Repair in Senegal

Ferdinand de Jong

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As a country with several important heritage sites, Senegal figures prominently on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Several of its cultural heritage sites have their origins in colonialism and are remnants of the French empire. This book examines how Senegal has decolonized its cultural heritage since independence. By remembering a Pan-African future, Senegal’s heritage aims to overcome the legacies of slave trade, colonialism and empire through a work of repair. Reinterpreting its colonial histories in postcolonial performances, Senegal’s heritage sites re-appropriate time to repair the wounds of colonialism. By returning and recuperating alternative histories, World Heritage sites are presented as the archive of an Afrotopia to come.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781009086189
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameInternational African Library


  • Cultural Heritage
  • Decolonization
  • Senegal
  • Africa
  • Repair
  • Museums
  • Memory
  • Time

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