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Conversation: Preservation, Restitution, & the Idea of “Cultural Heritage”

April 14, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Please join the Manuscript Migration Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute for a conversation about cultural heritage and restitution featuring:

+ Felwine Sarr | Ann-Marie Bryan Chair in French and Francophone Studies, Duke University (Author of Afrotopia and, with Benedicte Savoy, of “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage. Toward a New Relational Ethics”)

+ Astrid Swenson | Professor of History, Bath Spa University (Author of The Rise of Heritage in France, Germany and England, 1789-1914 and editor, with Peter Mandler, of From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the Heritage of Empire, c. 1800-1940.)


Both speakers are experts on the ethical, epistemological, and historical contours of the category “cultural heritage,” as this concept has worked globally to shore up colonialism, imperialism, and the modern nation-state.


Zoom registration here.


This event is hosted by the Manuscript Migration Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute. It is cosponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies; the Elizabeth A. Clark Center for Late Ancient Studies; Duke University Middle East Studies Center; Duke Islamic Studies Center; the Rubenstein Library; as well as the departments of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies; Classical Studies; History; Religious Studies; and Romance Studies.


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April 14, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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