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Profane Egyptologists: The Modern Revival of Ancient Egyptian Religion

Profane Egyptologists: The Modern Revival of Ancient Egyptian Religion

Forthcoming

Paul Harrison
December 12, 2017

It is widely believed that the practice of ancient Egyptian religion ceased with the end of pharaonic culture and the rise of Christianity. However, an organised reconstruction and revival of the authentic practice of Egyptian, or Kemetic religion, employing ancient material and academic resources,...

Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City

Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City

Trinidad Rico
April 04, 2016

Large-scale disasters mobilize heritage professionals to a narrative of heritage-at-risk and a standardized set of processes to counter that risk. Trinidad Rico’s critical ethnography analyses heritage practices in the aftermath of the tsunami that swamped Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in 2004 and the...

Stones Standing: Archaeology, Colonialism, and Ecotourism in Northern Laos

Stones Standing: Archaeology, Colonialism, and Ecotourism in Northern Laos

Anna Källén
June 15, 2015

This book is an inquiry into the relationships between archaeology, colonialism and ecotourism at the famous standing stones of Hintang, Laos. It investigates the conditions under which archaeological knowledge has been produced, appropriated, contested, commodified, and consumed by colonialism...

The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali: From UNESCO to Djenné

The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali: From UNESCO to Djenné

Charlotte L Joy
August 31, 2013

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Djenné, in modern day Mali, is exalted as an enduring wonder of the ancient African world by archaeologists, anthropologists, state officials, architects and travel writers. In this revealing study, the author critically examines how the politics of heritage...

Mundane Objects: Materiality and Non-verbal Communication

Mundane Objects: Materiality and Non-verbal Communication

Pierre Lemonnier
August 31, 2013

This concise book shows the importance of objects that are considered ordinary by cultural outsiders and scholars, yet lie at the heart of the systems of thought and practices of their makers and users. This volume demonstrates the role of these objects in nonverbal communication, both in...

Intangible Heritage and the Museum: New Perspectives on Cultural Preservation

Intangible Heritage and the Museum: New Perspectives on Cultural Preservation

Marilena Alivizatou
June 30, 2012

In this comparative, international study Marilena Alivizatou investigates the relationship between museums and the new concept of “intangible heritage.” She charts the rise of intangible heritage within the global sphere of UN cultural policy and explores its implications both in terms of...

Translating Museums: A Counterhistory of South Asian Museology

Translating Museums: A Counterhistory of South Asian Museology

Shaila Bhatti
June 15, 2012

Shaila Bhatti's immersive study of the Lahore Museum in Pakistan is one of the first books to offer an in-depth historical and ethnographic analysis of a South Asian museum. Bhatti thus presents an alternative example of visitor experience and museum practice to that of the West, which has been the...

Exhuming Loss: Memory, Materiality and Mass Graves of the Spanish Civil War

Exhuming Loss: Memory, Materiality and Mass Graves of the Spanish Civil War

Layla Renshaw
August 15, 2011

This book examines the contested representations of those murdered during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s in two small rural communities as they undergo the experience of exhumation, identification, and reburial from nearby mass graves. Based on interviews with relatives of the dead, community...

African Homecoming: Pan-African Ideology and Contested Heritage

African Homecoming: Pan-African Ideology and Contested Heritage

Katharina Schramm
September 15, 2010

African Americans and others in the African diaspora have increasingly “come home” to Africa to visit the sites at which their ancestors were enslaved and shipped. In this nuanced analysis of homecoming, Katharina Schramm analyzes how a shared rhetoric of the (Pan-)African family is produced among...

Empire and Local Worlds: A Chinese Model for Long-Term Historical Anthropology

Empire and Local Worlds: A Chinese Model for Long-Term Historical Anthropology

Mingming Wang
June 15, 2009

Mingming Wang, one of the most prolific anthropologists in China, has produced a work both of long-term historical anthropology and of broad social theory. In it, he traces almost a millennium of history of the southern Chinese city of Quangzhou, a major international trading entrepot in the 13th...

Reclaiming Heritage: Alternative Imaginaries of Memory in West Africa

Reclaiming Heritage: Alternative Imaginaries of Memory in West Africa

Ferdinand de Jong, Michael Rowlands
April 30, 2009

Struggles over the meaning of the past are common in postcolonial states. State cultural heritage programs build monuments to reinforce in nation building efforts—often supported by international organizations and tourist dollars. These efforts often ignore the other, often more troubling memories...

Decolonizing Conservation: Caring for Maori Meeting Houses outside New Zealand

Decolonizing Conservation: Caring for Maori Meeting Houses outside New Zealand

Dean Sully
February 15, 2008

This book argues for an important shift in cultural heritage conservation, away from a focus on maintaining the physical fabric of material culture toward the impact that conservation work has on people’s lives. In doing so, it challenges the commodification of sacred objects and places by western...

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