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Displaying Loot. The Benin objects and the British Museum


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Title: Displaying Loot. The Benin objects and the British Museum
Authors: Lundén, Staffan
E-mail: staffan.lunden@globalstudies.gu.se
Issue Date: 26-Aug-2016
University: Göteborgs universitet. Humanistiska fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Arts
Institution: Department of Historical Studies ; Institutionen för historiska studier
Date of Defence: 2016-09-16
Disputation: Friday September 16, 2016, at 1 p.m., in Stora hörsalen, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Series/Report no.: GOTARC Series B. Gothenburg Archaeological Theses
69
Keywords: Benin
Benin bronzes
Benin objects
Britain
British Museum
colonialism
cultural property
Edo
heritage
loot
museums
museum studies
Nigeria
repatriation
representation
restitution
war booty
Westernness
Abstract: This study deals with the objects, now in the British Museum, that were looted from Benin City, present-day Nigeria, in 1897. It looks at how the museum represents the Benin objects, the Edo/African, the British/Westerner, and the British Museum. According to the museum, the Benin objects provide the “key argument” against the return of objects in its collections. The study pays particular attention to how the museum’s representations relate to its retentionist argument. The museum maintains th... more
ISBN: 91-85245-67-4
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/45847
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Theses from University of Gothenburg / Doktorsavhandlingar från Göteborgs universitet
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