Decolonizing Colonial Heritage explores how different agents practice the decolonization of European colonial heritage at European and extra-European locations. Assessing the impact of these practices, the book also explores what a new vision of Europe in the postcolonial present could look like.

Including contributions from academics, artists and heritage practitioners, the volume explores decolonial heritage practices in politics, contemporary history, diplomacy, museum practice, the visual arts and self-generated memorial expressions in public spaces. The comparative focus of the chapters includes examples of internal colonization in Europe and extends to former European colonies, among them Shanghai, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Examining practices in a range of different contexts, the book pays particular attention to sub-national actors whose work is opening up new futures through their engagement with decolonial heritage practices in the present. The volume also considers the challenges posed by applying decolonial thinking to existing understandings of colonial heritage.

Decolonizing Colonial Heritage examines the role of colonial heritage in European memory politics and heritage diplomacy. It will be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of heritage and memory studies, colonial and imperial history, European studies, sociology, cultural studies, development studies, museum studies, and contemporary art.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylor francis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


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part I|97 pages

Haunted worlds

chapter Chapter 1|19 pages

Europe and its entangled colonial pasts

Europeanizing the ‘imperial turn’ 1
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chapter Chapter 2|19 pages

1917, Brexit and imperial nostalgia

A longing for the future 1
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chapter Chapter 4|23 pages

Decolonizing the narrative of Portuguese empire 1

Life stories of African presence, heritage and memory
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chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Decolonizing Warsaw

The multiple afterlives of ‘Ali’ 1
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part II|131 pages

Contemporary heritage practices

part i|50 pages

Museums and curatorship

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Curating colonial heritage in Amsterdam, Warsaw and Shanghai's museums

No single road to decolonization 1
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chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

The influence of Western colonial culture on Shanghai

A case study of the ‘Modern Shanghai’ exhibition at the Shanghai History Museum 1
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chapter Chapter 8|21 pages

Decolonizing contemporary art exhibitions

Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019), the turning point of curatorship
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part ii|79 pages

Echoes of colonial heritage, visual culture and site-specific art

chapter Chapter 9|18 pages

Sensitive memories at a World Heritage Site

Silencing and resistance at the Valongo Wharf 1
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chapter Chapter 10|16 pages

Traces of contempt and traces of self-esteem

Deconstructing our toxic colonial legacy
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chapter Chapter 11|18 pages

Reframing the colonial in postcolonial Lisbon

Placemaking and the aestheticization of interculturality 1
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chapter Chapter 12|10 pages

Aesthetics and colonial heritage

An interview with artists based in Marseille 1
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chapter Chapter 13|15 pages

Enslaved bodies, entangled sites and the memory of slavery in Cape Town

The meeting of the dead and the living
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part III|56 pages

Imagining decolonial futures

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chapter Chapter 16|17 pages

Decolonial voices, colonialism and the limits of European liberalism

The European question revisited 1
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