Recycling recognition: The monument as objet trouvé of the postcolony

Ferdinand de Jong

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This article examines the recycling of a colonial memorial to African veterans in Dakar, Senegal. This act of appropriation by the Senegalese government radically transformed the significance of the memorial and reconfigured the city's memoryscape. Whilst the Senegalese government thus reclaimed colonial history as constitutive for the postcolony, it simultaneously underwrote a postcolonial claim for recognition. The article examines this case as indicative for a wider trend to claims for recognition for which recyclia seem to lend themselves par excellence. As objects of mimetic appropriation, colonial memorials can be seen as the objets trouvés of the postcolony.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-214
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Material Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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