Colonialism in the Cultural Sector (March 2021)

1. Jonathan Paquette. Cultural Trends 29:4, 302-316. “France and the Restitution of Cultural Goods: the Sarr-Savoy Report and its Reception.” 2020. Europe. This policy review discusses the November 2018 Report on the Restitution of African Cultural Heritage – more commonly known as the Sarr-Savoy Report – submitted to the French president.

2. Felwine Sarr & Bénédicte Savoy.The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage: Toward a New Relational Ethics.” 2018. France. This report provides an analysis as well as a number of strategies for returning a number of cultural items and artworks to African nations that were acquired by France during the colonial era.

3. Jamie Doward. The Guardian. “Professor warns of ‘political agenda’ to discredit researchers exploring slavery links.” 2020. United Kingdom. The academic at the centre of an escalating row over the National Trust’s efforts to explore links between its properties and colonialism has warned of a “political agenda” to “misrepresent, mischaracterise, malign and intimidate” those involved.

4. Sally-Anne Huxtable, Corinne Fowler, Christo Kefalas, & Emma Slocombe.Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties now in the Care of the National Trust, Including Links with Historic Slavery.” 2020. United Kingdom. This report offers a summary of research undertaken by colleagues within and outside the National Trust, exploring some of the most significant links to the places and collections in its care and focusing on the sources of wealth that helped to fund them.

5. Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.Return of Cultural Objects: Principles and Process Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.”  2019. The Netherlands. This report sets out the process by which objects/collections can be claimed for return from the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen in the Netherlands.

6. Julia E. Rodriguez. History of Anthropology Review 44. “Decolonizing or Recolonizing? The (Mis)Representation of Humanity in Natural History Museums.” 2020. United States. The author looks at the misrepresentation and appropriation of indigenous peoples in natural history museums and reviews curators, activists, and scholars.

7. Elisa Shoenberger.What Does It Mean to Decolonize a Museum?” 2020. This article shows examples of how museums across the US, Europe, and Australia are trying to tackle the challenge of decolonizing their institutions.