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Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp, (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) - Addressing the Spirit of Discernment: Pentecostal transformation of demonic objects into modern heritage in Sierra Leone
When Nov 14, 2016
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Room S1,Alison Richard Building, Sidgewick Site
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This talk will explore the risky terrain of heritage management in Sierra Leone and its navigation by devout Born Again Pentecostal Christians. I will engage with the ever expanding Born Again movement and its narrative of rupture on the one hand, and the increasingly visible heritage sector and its focus on cultural continuity on the other.
These positions appear irreconcilable: one experiences the past as a dangerous
satanic realm, the other as a valuable resource. However, as I will explore, they
frequently meet in the work place as many heritage professionals are also Born Again believers. I am interested in this meeting point as demonic channels and godly practices converge. I argue that Freetown's Born Again heritage professionals do not succeed in their roles despite their religion, but because of it.

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