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A "Safe Space" to Debate Colonial Legacy

The University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Campaign to Return a Looted Benin Altarpiece to Nigeria

Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp and Chris Wingfield

In February 2016, students at Jesus College, Cambridge voted unanimously to repatriate to Nigeria a bronze cockerel looted during the violent British expedition into Benin City in 1897. The college, however, decided to temporarily relocate Okukor to the University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This article outlines the discussions that occurred during this process, exploring how the Museum was positioned as a safe space in which uncomfortable colonial legacies, including institutionalized racism and cultural patrimony rights, could be debated. We explore how a stated commitment to postcolonial dialogue ultimately worked to circumvent a call for postcolonial action. Drawing on Ann Stoler’s and Elizabeth Edwards’s discussions of colonial aphasia, this article argues that anthropology museums risk enabling such circumvention despite confronting their own institutional colonial legacies.

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Art of Solidarity

Cuban Posters for African Liberation 1967–1989

David Fleming

campaigning against racism and other forms of human rights abuses. Since its foundation in 2007, the ISM—home of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) 2 —has featured exhibitions on imperialism; prostitution; domestic servitude; life in

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Engaging Dialogues

Reframing Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum

Silvia Forni

protests against the profiling of black people in the city ( Burns 1989 ). Activist groups, artists, and community organizers were up in arms against the systemic racism of the so-called Canadian multicultural society. The inability of the ROM to

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Repatriation as Inspiration

Multigenerational Perspectives on American Archaeology-Museum Relationships

April M. Beisaw and Penelope H. Duus

acknowledged that archaeology museums have been “prime examples of racism and Eurocentrism,” through directly or indirectly silencing and/or oppressing groups. Suggested ways to improve on this varied. Many stressed the importance of engaging in dialogue with

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The Magic of Bureaucracy

Repatriation as Ceremony

Laura Peers

: Routledge . Lynch , Bernadette , and Samuel Alberti . 2010 . “ Legacies of Prejudice: Racism, Co-production and Radical Trust in the Museum .” Museum Management and Curatorship 25 ( 1 ): 13 – 35 . 10.1080/09647770903529061 Mitchell , Jon P . 1996

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Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Kelli Cole, Shari Lett, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Billie Lythberg, Jennifer Walklate, Jeanine Nault, Jake Homiak, Joshua A. Bell, and Natasha Barrett

? This is not to say that we disremember their experiences and their pain, or that we stop resisting the continued application of systemic racism and cultural dispossession, but that we place equal measure in remembering our ancestors’ joy, their love for