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Thabo Manetsi

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 21, 2013. 05:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Archaeology Center, Building 500, 488 Escondido Mall
Meeting Description: 

This paper takes its lead from the issue of political instrumentality, state policy and strategy directive that inform the practice of heritage management by the state in democratic South Africa. Using the National Liberation Heritage Route project (South Africa) as a case study, it is the intention here to illustrate and unpack the notion of state prioritized heritage in relation to the deployment of state resources (state legal instruments and material resources) to support a select past as ‘official’ heritage for the nation state. The politics of transforming the heritage landscape in post 1994 South Africa, witnessed the emergence of the idea of state prioritisation of  liberation heritage as a site for restorative justice particularly to honour and recognize the legacy of the political struggles for freedom against colonialism and apartheid. The liberation heritage has become a deliberate attempt by the state to legitimize the recognition of liberation history, against colonialism and apartheid, as ‘official’ heritage in the democratic South Africa. Central to the idea of state prioritization of the National Liberation Heritage Route are questions of governmentality, institutionalization, monumentalisation and state ownership of heritage resources including the means of state resources committed to manage heritage. This paper is based on ongoing research towards producing a body of knowledge to contribute to the improvement of state policy/ies and strategy/ies for heritage resource management in South Africa.

 

Biography:

Mr Thabo Manetsi has extensive experience in the area of Government policy formulation and strategy development for heritage management in South Africa. He has held senior management positions at the South African Heritage Resources Agency, the National Heritage Council of South Africa, and currently he is the Director for Heritage and Cultural Tourism at the National Department of Tourism (South Africa). He holds an MPhil Degree in African Studies (specializing in Public Culture) and is currently working towards a PHD in African Studies at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He continues to publish his work on various platforms in academia and Government journals.

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