P150
The monument in the African Town: its origin, place and part

Convenors:
Serge Dewel (INALCO Paris)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
KH212
Start time:
30 June, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The aim of this panel is to gather together papers that are keen to investigate a specificity of the city, in Africa like everywhere else: the monument. Questioning should turn on typology, origin, uses, etc. through the lens of the most varied disciplines.

Long abstract:

African urban History was for long confused with colonial History from which it freed. Since then it became an independent field that helped to highlight endogenic and sometimes ancient urbanization processes. Nevertheless, the monument in the African Town still remains an unexplored field. The aim of this panel is to gather together papers that are keen to investigate a specificity of the city, in Africa like everywhere else: the monument. Questioning should turn on typology, origin, uses, etc. through the lens of the most varied disciplines (History, Anthropology, History of Art, Heritage Studies and Political Sciences for instance). Without excluding any research lead, the panel will favour the main following lines: the monument in the collective memory building; colonial and pre-colonial remains and their fate between survival, desertion and desacralization; the use of the monuments in new capital-city building processes (or in 'decapitalization' processes); the invention or the reuse of monuments and heritage, issues on the African monument; the rural monument as the counterpart of the urban monument…