Het museum als rift zone

De representatie van Oost-Afrika en Arabo-Swahili in het AfricaMuseum (1897-2019)


Maarten Couttenier

Since its foundation, the AfricaMuseum helped to create a negative image of ‘the Arabs’ in Eastern and Central Africa, in which the ‘barbary’ of the others highlighted the ‘civilization’ of the West. Acting as a rift zone, the museum also created an artificial barrier between East and Central Africa and a cleavage between African reality and European public. Direct contact with Congolese people was avoided and, under the influence of colonial propaganda, only a selective image of the Congo was exhibited.



About the speaker

Maarten Couttenier is an anthropologist and a historian at the History and Politics service of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Fields of study: museum history, colonial sciences, colonial culture and African history.



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