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Friction or Closure: Heritage as Loss

Journal article
Authors Mikela Lundahl
Published in Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research
Volume 6
Pages 1299-1318
ISSN 2000-1525
Publication year 2014
Published at
Pages 1299-1318
Language en
Links www.cultureunbound.ep.liu.se/articl...
Keywords Identity, Zanzibar, cosmopolitanism, friction, history, heritage, memory
Subject categories Cultural Studies, Globalization Studies, History of Ideas

Abstract

Heritage is a discourse that aims at closure. It fixates the narrative of the past through the celebration of specific material (or sometimes immaterial non-) objects. It organizes temporality and construct events and freezes time. How does this unfold in the case of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, Zanzibar? It is a place of beauty and violence, of trade, slavery and tourism, and the World Heritage narrative does not accommodate all its significant historical facts and lived memories. In this article I will discuss some of these conflicting or competing historical facts.

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