BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO
The NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) invites authors to submit papers for the third edition of the International Conference of African Cultures (ICAC – 2021) which will take place virtually and physically from November 17-19.
The theme of this year’s three-day conference is: Africa speaks: Confronting the restitution and repatriation of artefacts, human remains, objects and archives from an African perspective echoes the 2021 theme of the African Union; Arts, culture and heritage: levers to build the Africa we want.
NGZ Curator for Education and Public Programming Livingstone Muchefa said summaries should be submitted by September 15.
“ICAC 2021 will be a forum to engage the public, governments, historians, visual artists, curators, archivists, musicians and other cultural actors in sharing knowledge and contributing on how l ‘Africa can handle repatriation and restitution in the future,’ he said.
“Successful abstracts will be notified by September 30, 2021. Authors of successful abstracts will be invited to submit full papers and PowerPoint presentations by October 30, 2021.”
Muchefa said that one of the thematic areas that the summaries were to address was the repatriation of human remains, objects or artefacts.
“We all need to look at why Africans want their artifacts or their culture returned to their countries of origin. It cannot be denied that these objects have deep personal significance and national significance for countries of originality more than where they are now, ”he said.
“Africans are aware of the so-called world museums and we see this as a colonial excuse for wanting to keep these ‘stolen objects’ in the West and this idea cannot be trusted at all. “
Muchefa said that the participants, who will physically attend the conference, will visit cultural institutions, sites and objects to give them the opportunity to see the preparation of the country to receive what is rightfully theirs.
“The three NGZ institutions, the National Archives of Zimbabwe and the National Museums and Monuments have worked corroborously over the years to promote dialogue on these issues,” he said.
“An exhibition would run alongside the conference and feature prominent artists from across the continent.
“The exhibition will present works of art that respond to the discourse of restitution and return of cultural goods.
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