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Publication Detail
Egypt’s dispersed heritage: Multi-directional storytelling through comic art
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Abd el-Gawad H, Stevenson A
  • Publisher:
    SAGE Publications
  • Publication date:
    20/02/2021
  • Pagination:
    146960532199292
  • Journal:
    Journal of Social Archaeology
  • Status:
    Published
  • Print ISSN:
    1469-6053
  • Language:
    en
Abstract
This paper responds to a need to address the colonial history of collections of Egyptian archaeology and to find new ways in which Egyptian audiences can assume greater agency in such a process. The ‘Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage’ project presents a model of engagement whereby foreign museum collections become the inspiration for Egyptians to express their own feelings about the removal of their heritage abroad using idioms and traditional storytelling of cultural relevance to them. A series of online comics confronting contentious heritage issues, including the display of mummified human remains, eugenics, looting and destruction, is discussed. It is argued that this approach is not only more relatable for Egyptian communities, but moreover provides space for the development of grass-roots critique of heritage practices, both in the UK and in Egypt. Museums have a responsibility to take on board these critiques, curating not just objects but relationships forged amongst them in historical and contemporary society.
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