1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property

Edited By Jane Anderson, Haidy Geismar Copyright 2017
    508 Pages
    by Routledge

    508 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property contains new contributions from scholars working at the cutting edge of cultural property studies, bringing together diverse academic and professional perspectives to develop a coherent overview of this field of enquiry. The global range of authors use international case studies to encourage a comparative understanding of how cultural property has emerged in different parts of the world and continues to frame vital issues of national sovereignty, the free market, international law, and cultural heritage. Sections explore how cultural property is scaled to the state and the market; cultural property as law; cultural property and cultural rights; and emerging forms of cultural property, from yoga to the national archive. By bringing together disciplinary perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, law, Indigenous studies, history, folklore studies, and policy, this volume facilitates fresh debate and broadens our understanding of this issue of growing importance. This comprehensive and coherent statement of cultural property issues will be of great interest to cultural sector professionals and policy makers, as well as students and academic researchers engaged with cultural property in a variety of disciplines. 

    1. Introduction
    Haidy Geismar and Jane Anderson

    Part One
    Legal Orderings of Cultural Property

    2. Heritage vs. Property: Contrasting Regimes and Rationalities in the Patrimonial Field
    Valdimar Tr. Hafstein and Martin Skrydstrup

    3. The Criminalisation of the Illicit Trade in Cultural Property
    Ana Filipa Vrdoljak

    4. Implementation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention by the United States
    and Other Market Nations
    Patty Gerstenblith

    5. Protection not Prevention: The Failure of Public Policy to Prevent the Looting and Illegal Trade of Cultural Property from the Mena Region (1990-2015)
    Neil Brodie

    6. A Paradox of Cultural Property: NAGPRA and (Dis)Possession
    Susan Benton

    Part Two
    Museums, Archives and Communities

    7. NAGPRA, CUI and Institutional Will
    Rae Gould

    8. Betting on the Raven: Ethical Relationality and Nuxalk Cultural Property
    Jennifer Kramer

    9. Whose Story is This? Complexities and Complicities of Using Archival Footage
    Fred Myers

    10. The Archive of the Archive: the Secret History of the Laura Boulton Collection
    Aaron Fox

    11. Touching the Intangible: Reconsidering Material Culture in the Realm of Indigenous Cultural Property Research
    George Nicholas

    Part Three
    Local Histories

    12. On the Nature of Patrimonio: Cultural Property in Mexican Contexts
    Sandra Rozental

    13. Making and Unmaking Heritage Value in China
    Shu Li Wang and Michael Rowlands

    14. Object Movement: UNESCO, Language and the Exchange of Middle Eastern Artifacts
    Morag Kersel

    15. Cultures of Property: Ghanaian Culture in Intellectual and Cultural Property
    Boatema Boateng

    Part Four
    Cultural Property Beyond the State

    16. Culture as a Flexible Concept for the Legitimation of Policies in the European Union
    Stefan Groth and Regina Bendix

    17. The Bible as Cultural Property? A Cautionary Tale
    Neil Asher Silberman

    18. Being pre-Indigenous: Kin, Accountability and Cultural Property Beyond Tradition
    Paul Tapsell

    19. Frontiers of Cultural Property in the Global South
    Rosemary Coombe

    Section Five
    New and Experimental Forms of Cultural Property

    20. Who Owns Yoga? Transforming Traditions as Cultural Property
    Sita Reddy

    21.Bones, Documents and DNA: Cultural Property at the Margins of the Law
    Lee Douglas

    22. Collaborative Encounters in Digital Cultural Property: Tracing Temporal Relationships of Context and Locality
    Jane Anderson and Maria Montenegro

    23. Animating Language: Continuing Inter-Generational Indigenous Language Knowledge
    Shannon Faulkhead, John Bradley and Brent McKee

    24. Ancestors for Sale in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Marama Muru Lanning



    Jane Anderson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at New York University. Her research is focused on property law, Indigenous rights and sovereignty, colonial archives, repatriation, digital return, collaborative research, and transformative practice for social change.

    Haidy Geismar is Reader in Anthropology and Vice Dean for Strategic Projects at University College London where she co-directs the Digital Anthropology Program. Her research interests focus on digital collections, Indigenous intellectual and cultural property, critical museum studies, the anthropology of economy and exchange, material culture and materiality, and digital anthropology.