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Shared archival heritage: an exploration of problems and solutions. Report of the EGSAH panel at the Yaounde Conference

Comma (2019), 2019, (1), 19–28.

Abstract

The recently appointed ICA Expert Group on Shared Archival Heritage (EGSAH) presented a panel at the 2018 Yaounde Conference to publicize the remit, aims and high-level goals of the group, to outline problems associated with the removal of colonial-era documentation from the countries of origin, to provide examples of the comparatively rare methods by which solutions to such problems have been addressed, and to discuss impediments to such bilateral “sharing”. Its primary focus on Africa, and the inclusion of African speakers, was designed to open up the possibility of a truly Pan-African approach. It addressed the conference themes of memory and heritage, and touched on that of governance. It was hoped that, in presenting a variety of case studies, the seven speakers would stimulate debate, engage a renewed interest both within the international archival community and more widely, and encourage the achievement of solutions to previously insoluble problems. This paper summarizes the individual presentations, outlines the subsequent debate, and, drawing on other contributions to the conference, stresses the need to renew the search for timely solutions to a decades-long problem.

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Banton, Mandy