Independent Museums and Culture Centres in Colonial and Post-colonial Zimbabwe
Non-State Players, Local Communities, and Self-Representation
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Jesmael Mataga is an Associate Professor and the inaugural Head of the School of Humanities at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in South Africa. He has experience in museums and heritage management with interests in museum curation, communities and museums, heritage and communities, intangible cultural heritage, cultural diversity, and UNESCO conventions. Before joining the Sol Plaatje University, he taught in Culture and Heritage Studies programmes, at the National University of Lesotho and the University of Zimbabwe. He started his career as a curator with the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe. His recent work includes a co-written book, Museums as Agents for Social Change (2021, Routledge).
Dawson Munjeri is a Research Professor at the Centre for Culture and Heritage Studies at the Great Zimbabwe University since March 2018. He is one of the most experienced scholars in the cultural and natural heritage field from Zimbabwe. He was instrumental in setting up the ‘Oral traditions/history’ programme of the National Archives of Zimbabwe (1978 -1983). Between 1984 and 2001 he served in various capacities and eventually became the Executive Director of the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ). From March 2002 to December 2017 he was with the Zimbabwe Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris. He has published over fifty book chapters and articles in refereed journals on both tangible and intangible heritage. He holds a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Centre d’ Etudes Diplomatique et Strategies, Paris. His PhD research was entitled: ‘An Analytical Approach to International Treaties on Cultural and Natural Heritage in the Context of Sub-Saharan Africa’.