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Des "Paroles d'Afrique" dans un musée : de la valorisation à la transmission

Abstract : Since the pioneering work of Geneviève Calame-Griaule, “language” in all its forms has become an object of study in itself for anthropologists, specifically for ethnolinguists. With a focus on enhancing the impact of our own research, this paper describes the experience of mounting an exhibition at the Musée d’Ethnographie de Bordeaux on the theme Voices of Africa. The aim of this exhibition was to investigate the social, cultural and political aspects of language–oral and written–on the African continent. But how is it possible to display the intangible in a museum exhibition? It poses a real challenge because it requires us to find ways not only of exhibiting language itself, but also of making visitors feel its impact by associating sound, imagery and objects. How could we share with the public our concerns about the various and complex ways that contemporary African societies have of understanding, organizing, preserving and enhancing language, that most intangible of all aspects of cultural heritage?
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Sandra Bornand, Cécile Leguy. Des "Paroles d'Afrique" dans un musée : de la valorisation à la transmission. Journal des Africanistes, Société des Africanistes, 2015, Sur les pas de Geneviève Calame-Griaule, 85 (1-2), pp.44-78. ⟨halshs-01401135⟩



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