Thursday, 4:30 pm
A Place that Matters Yet: South Africa's MuseumAfrica in the Postcolonial World
In this lecture, Dr. Sara Byala, Critical Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania and author of A Place That Matters Yet, argues that MuseumAfrica (formerly the Africana Museum) retains its relevance in postcolonial Johannesburg despite its current reputation as an outmoded colonial space. By reimagining the museum as an archive—both of material culture and of ideas about material culture—in the eras before, during, and after apartheid, Dr. Byala tells a little-known story while discussing a method for reanimating colonial institutions in general. Sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission.
Image: Cover of A Place That Matters Yet by Sara Byala, courtesy University of Chicago Press.