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This book is a collection of essays on the history of museums and art in Africa. The publication addresses the decolonization of African museums before analysing forms and encounter, a major aspect in the African artistic creation. The issue of repatriation is also addressed not only in the complexity of the phenomenon but also as resulting to conflicting sovereignties in Africa. The collection in the end discusses the role of art in nation building in the context of Benin Republic and how museum cooperation could enhance the museum sector.

“Working without seeking any recognition and at times under very challenging circumstances Effiboley’s excellent efforts in trying to address the subject of African art, museums and restitution in a realistic and holistic way, grounded in tradition has often been thwarted by some who would have been expected to advocate for similar views. This collection of works of over 20 years demonstrates a commitment to a cause and speaks for itself not only in terms of recognizing the place of African heritage or African Art but the need to decolonize the mind, the practice and the narratives. Persistent on this journey of questioning the abnormal made normal, this body of works stands out as a true example of a cause sincerely in need of addressing.” Professor George Abungu, Emeritus Director General of the National Museums of Kenya

“Effiboley gives us a pivotal work at a vital moment when African voices will define the future of museums in Africa. His voice of deep scholarly experience guides us how to change the ways we think about art, museums and culture in Africa.” Michael Rowlands, Emeritus Professor, Department of Anthropology, University College London.

This book is a collection of essays on the history of museums and art in Africa. The publication addresses the decolonization of African museums before analysing forms and encounter, a major aspect in the African artistic creation. The issue of repatriation is also addressed not only in the complexity of the phenomenon but also as resulting to conflicting sovereignties in Africa. The collection in the end discusses the role of art in nation building in the context of Benin Republic and how museum cooperation could enhance the museum sector. “Working without seeking any recognition and at times under very challenging circumstances Effiboley’s excellent efforts in trying to address the subject of African art, museums and restitution in a realistic and holistic way, grounded in tradition has often been thwarted by some who would have been expected to advocate for similar views. This collection of works of over 20 years demonstrates a commitment to a cause and speaks for itself not only in terms of recognizing the place of African heritage or African Art but the need to decolonize the mind, the practice and the narratives. Persistent on this journey of questioning the abnormal made normal, this body of works stands out as a true example of a cause sincerely in need of addressing.” Professor George Abungu, Emeritus Director General of the National Museums of Kenya “Effiboley gives us a pivotal work at a vital moment when African voices will define the future of museums in Africa. His voice of deep scholarly experience guides us how to change the ways we think about art, museums and culture in Africa.” Michael Rowlands, Emeritus Professor, Department of Anthropology, University College London.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, copyright, acknowledgments
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Professor George Abungu
  3. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter 1 | Decolonizing African Museums: Meanings and Imperatives
  2. pp. 7-24
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  1. Chapter 2 | Forms and Encounter: Plastic Novelties in African Artistic Creation from the Threshold of Western Modernity and Beyond, 15th to 21st century
  2. pp. 25-52
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  1. Chapter 3 | Reflections of the issue of repatriation of looted and illegally acquired African cultural objects in Western museums
  2. pp. 53-69
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  1. Chapter 4 | Looting of Cultural Heritage and the Disruption of Traditional Sovereignty in Africa
  2. pp. 70-86
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  1. Chapter 5 | Nation building in Contemporary Benin Republic: the role of art, museums, and cultural heritage
  2. pp. 87-99
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  1. Chapter 6 | Investigating Museum Development in Africa: From Museum Cooperation to the Appropriation of Praxis
  2. pp. 99-118
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  1. References
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. Back cover
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