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Cultural Heritage in Mali in the Neoliberal Era$
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Rosa De Jorio

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040276

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040276.001.0001

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Commemorating the Nation’s Heroes in Mali’s Neoliberal Democracy

Commemorating the Nation’s Heroes in Mali’s Neoliberal Democracy

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(p.25) 1. Commemorating the Nation’s Heroes in Mali’s Neoliberal Democracy
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Cultural Heritage in Mali in the Neoliberal Era
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Rosa De Jorio

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040276.003.0002

This chapter presents an overview of some of the most relevant state initiatives in the field of cultural heritage from 1992 to 2012. The first section provides a historical background against which to locate the democratic government's work in the field of cultural heritage and public culture. The second section presents an overview of some of the heritage work carried out under Alpha Oumar Konaré's administration (1992–2002). It documents state efforts to build a democratic culture as well as to cultivate rational–critical perspectives vis-è-vis the national past. The third and last section describes heritage work under Amadou Toumani Touré (2002–12), analyzing some continuities but also noticeable shifts, particularly in his adoption of the transnational trope of reconciliation and the proliferation of public rituals of appeasement and consensus building. This section also examines the shrinking opposition's countermemory project; the rekindling of struggles around Modibo Keita's legacy; and the emergence of new ones around the legacy of Abdoul “Cabral” Karim Camara, one of heroes of the opposition to Moussa Traoré's dictatorship.

Keywords:   Mali, cultural heritage, democratic government, public culture, Alpha Oumar Konaré, Amadou Toumani Touré, Modibo Keita, Abdoul Cabral Karim Camara

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