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A Place That Matters Yet: John Gubbins’s MuseumAfrica in the Postcolonial World

Sara Byala


This book unearths the little-known story of Johannesburg’s MuseumAfrica, a South African history museum that embodies one of the most dynamic and fraught stories of colonialism and postcolonialism, its life spanning the eras before, during, and after apartheid. In examining this story, it sheds new light not only on racism and its institutionalization in South Africa but also on the problems facing any museum that is charged with navigating colonial history from a postcolonial perspective. Drawing on thirty years of personal letters and public writings by museum founder John Gubbins, the book ... More

Keywords: Johannesburg, MuseumAfrica, South African history, colonialism, postcolonialism, apartheid, racism, institutionalization, colonial history, John Gubbins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226030272
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226030449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Byala, author