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  • Understanding Africa through Travel Writing

    Understanding Africa through Travel Writing0

    Travel writing is the literary narration of a journey by the traveller. But the genre is far bigger than its conventional definition. Travelogues express political commitments, states Debbie Lisle, who deals with the “connection of travel literature to the serious business of world affairs*”. More than just a literary genre with a political implementation, travel

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  • How Traditional Knowledge Opens Nature’s Medicine Cabinet

    How Traditional Knowledge Opens Nature’s Medicine Cabinet0

    Under the clear, moonlit sky of Friday, July 13, 2018, Elide Sanchez Rivera steps into her own star—a large, white symbol chalked into the dusty ground. With the sound of the ocean waves crashing nearby, Sanchez stands in front of an altar and waits for the healing to begin. The work of curanderos For the

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  • African Art in Western Museums: It’s Patrimony not Heritage

    African Art in Western Museums: It’s Patrimony not Heritage0

    Museums with colonial-era collections have always known about the brutal parts of their biographies. But, through acts of purification via historical distance, they have chosen to ignore them. Museum directors now have to re-think their position as defenders of their collections in light of a different political agenda that locates people and their patrimony in

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