The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

February, 28~Thursday, March 2, 2006
《Symposia and Forums》Colloquium "Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa"

Date: February 28-March 2, 2006 Place: Seminar Room No. 6, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka

 

JSPS Platform Program "Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa"

Today the outflow of cultural heritage of archeological or artistic values from Africa is emerging as a serious issue. In some cases looting has reached such a scale as to destroy archaeological sites totally. Few complete objects are kept in the original country, while many fine pieces can be found in major museums outside Africa including Japan. Meanwhile, there is a vigorous movement in many parts of Africa to build museums for the purpose of preserving and presenting on-site cultural heritage. This movement also challenges museums outside of Africa to review the prevalent one-sided approach to exhibitions of African treasures. It is now rather common for any museums to have close collaborative relationship with the people who are represented in the exhibitions.

This year, we, the National Museum of Ethnology, initiated a 3 years project entitled 'Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: from Memories to Histories' as one of the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Asia Africa Science Platform Program. The aim of the JSPS AA Science Platform Program is to create high potential research hubs in selected fields within the Asian and African region. It does this by establishing suitable collaborative relations among universities, research institues and museums in Japan and other Asian and African Countries. Our particular project, 'Preserving Cultural heritage of Africa' aims to construct a better international cooperation system for collection, analysis, exhibition and preservation of cultural heritage in Africa, with researchers' participation from African, European, American and Japanese institutes and museums.

In this colloquium, after sharing the purpose and general outline of the project among participating members, we plan to identify issues and agendas concerning the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage in Africa, and to clarify strategies to overcome some of the issues in the remaining period of our project.

The National museum is now planning to renovate her permanent galleries, including African Gallery, by updating the contents. We also would like to take advantage of this occasion and get advice from African colleagues for the composition of the new exhibition.

We do believe that this colloquium is an important occasion for forming the foundation of a research hub which plays positive roles in preservation and presentation of cultural Heritage of Africa.

Program

Feb. 28 (Tue.), 2006
10:30-12:00 Outline of the Program (Kenji Yoshida and Tetsuya Kamei)
12:00-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-16:30 Cultural Heritage in Zambia (George Siasulwe Mudenda, Zambia)
Cultural Heritage in Nigeria (C. Krydz Ikwuemesi, Nigeria)
Mar. 1 (Wed.), 2006
9:30-12:30 Cultural Heritage in Cameroon (Abong Shu Samuel, Cameroon)
Cultural Heritage in South Africa (Anitra Nettleton, South Africa)
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:30 General Discussion
Mar. 2 (Tur.), 2006
10:30-12:00 Cultural Heritage in Cameroon (Abong Shu Samuel, Cameroon)
Evaluation of the present Mimpaku Exhibition
12:00-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-16:30 Discussion of future Mimpaku Exhibition

Participants from overseas

George Siasulwe Mudenda
Director, Lusaka National Museum
C. Krydz Ikwuemesi
Lecturer, University of Nigeria
Abong Shu Samuel
Director, Bafut Royal Palace Museum
Anitra Nettleton
Professor, University of Witsatersrand

Participants from Japan

Kenji Yoshida
Professor, National Museum of Ethnology
Kazuyo Izeki
Professor, Osaka University of Arts
Haruka Wazaki
Professor, Nagoya University
Masatoshi Kubo
Professor, National Museum of Ethnology
Shoichiro Takezawa
Professor, National Museum of Ethnology
Shozo Akutsu
Professor, Shinshu University
Makoto Nakamura
Chief Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Chiaki Shimoyasuba
Associate Professor, Osaka University of Arts
Yukiya Kawaguchi
Associate professor, National Museum of Ethnology
Naoko Sonoda
Associate professor, National Museum of Ethnology
Kazunobu Ikeya
Associate professor, National Museum of Ethnology
Teiko Mishima
Associate professor, National Museum of Ethnology
Tetsuya Kamei
Research staff, Open-Air Museum Little World
Rumi Umino
Lecturer, Tokiwa University
Taku Iida
Assistant Professor, National Museum of Ethnology