Community archaeology and heritage research in Africa is a spreading perspective that has taken deep root rising from local communities that want to take control of their history-making and their heritage representations. Scholars working in Africa and government agencies are realizing that community-based heritage management attractively leads to full collaboration, with communities designing research plans, helping to conduct research, and engaging in interpretation and dissemination of research results. As Schmidt and Pikirayi (2016) put it, this participatory approach decolonizes top-down approaches long favoured by researchers and government agencies that initiate research often without consulting or including the communities in their research and management activities. It means sharing power and developing trust in place to the mistrust that characterizes how archaeological practice is considered by people throughout Africa today. It is against this background that
under the umbrella of Urithi Wetu project, Dr. Elgidius Ichumbaki is organizing a session titled ‘Community Archaeology and Heritage in Africa’ at the 15th Congress of Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies (PanAf). This session will explore above-stated themes by focusing on what is happening at various archaeology and heritage sites in Africa.
The 15th PanAf Congress whose theme is “Valorization of African Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development” will be held in Rabat, Morocco from 10th to 14th September 2018. While the congress will bring together over 200 scholars and heritage practitioners working in Africa, over ten accomplished scholars have submitted abstracts and will make presentations I the session organized by Ichumbaki under the umbrella of Urithi Wetu project. For more information about this conference and PANAF visit this link http://panaf18.fsoujda.org/en/home/