Museums, Heritage, and International Development
Edited by Paul Basu, Wayne Modest
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
Along with other areas of "culture for development," the relationship between museums, heritage and international development has been underexamined from a critical and comparative perspective. This edited volume fills this lacuna and inaugurates a new, important debate across these and other disciplines, identifying the distinct contribution of museums and heritage to international development agendas, engaging with the politics of museums and heritage for development, and identifying the specific challenges facing this sector within development practice. Grounded in particular case studies which range geographically from Africa, to South, East and South-East Asia, to South America and the Caribbean, the volume aims at a rethinking of both international museum and development practice.
Introduction: Museums, Heritage and International Development
Part I: The Contribution of Museums and Cultural Heritage to Development
1. Cultural Heritage and Humanitarian Work: Critical Links
2. Health Education and Participatory Exhibition Development in Malawi
3. Palestinian ‘Archive Fever’: Culture, Development and Heritage as Efficacy
4. No Sustainable Development Without Peace: Preserving and Presenting Memorial Landscapes to Promote Reconciliation and Sustain Peace in Northern Uganda
5. Entrepreneurship, Livelihoods and Intangible Heritage: A Case Study from India
Part II Whose Heritage? Whose Development?
6. Only Foreigners Can Do It? Advocacy and Brokerage at the Axum Museum, Ethiopia
7. World Heritage, Cultural Diplomacy and the National Museum of Afghanistan
8. Saving the Past by Investing in the Future: Heritage Values and Development Values in the Moche Valley, Peru
9. Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection and National Identity in Timor-Leste
Part III The Challenges of Capacity Building, Mutuality and Sustainability
10. Maroon Cultural Centres, Suriname and the Tropenmuseum: A Culture for Development Project
11. The Museum of Nzema Culture and History: Development Challenges in Southwest Ghana
12. Heritage Professionals: Development Brokers
13. The British Museum’s Africa Programme
14. The Tropenmuseum’s Partnership Programme in Indonesia: The Process and the Product
Part IV Rethinking museums, Rethinking Development
15. The Legacy of South Africa’s Multiple Colonialisms for Museums, Heritage and Development
16. The New Chinese Museology: Shifting Geographies of Power, Development and Heritage
17. Has it Been Worth iI? Questioning the Value of Museums for Development
Afterword: Critical Conversations and Guiding Principles
Paul Basu is Reader in Material Culture & Museum Studies at University College London.
Wayne Modest is Head of the Curatorial Department at Tropenmuseum.