Book chapter #9 – Conclusions: Sustainable Development and African Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management

Keitumetse forthcoming 2016_ISBN978-3-319-32015-1


Abstract:          When hidden in the dark corners of global scholarship and used sporadically at national and community levels, African cultural heritage resources become
illusive, non-traceable and at most irrelevant, a situation that makes them vulnerable.
This book brought out aspects of cultural heritage resources that give them a vantage point in conservation theory and practice. To achieve this, discussions of the diverse topics are anchored within a theme of sustainability. The book shows that sustainability in cultural heritage resources management is an aggregate of assessment of all the chapters in the book as follows: environment and historic environment, national and international legal framework, politics of the past, community-based conservation, cultural heritage interpretation, standard setting in cultural heritage (certification), cultural heritage tourism development and mainstreaming of human development aspects.


Sustainable development, Agenda 21 • African cultural heritage •
Environmental conservation • International conventions • Politics of the past •
Community heritage • Heritage interpretation • Heritage certification • Heritagetourism • Mainstreaming

9.2 Seeking a Vantage Point for Cultural Heritage: Divergent Themes and Coordinated Theory

The same characteristics that give the fi eld of cultural heritage management strength
by virtue of multidisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary appear to be frustrating
efforts towards charting a conservation and management direction for the fi eld.
A scattered nature of the field across the disciplinary space gives it an appearance of
a lack of reference point in global scholarship. In modern resources use, it is evident
that components of cultural heritage resources are at times pulled in only when it
becomes convenient to use them in discourses of academia, socio-cultural interactions, socio-economic endeavours and international management, amongst others… These characteristics make the resources obscure and vulnerable to abuse because their application will only be illusive, non-traceable and at most irrelevant. -pg 204

About this chapter:

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32017-5_9

Print ISBN: 978-3-319-32015-1

Online ISBN: 978-3-319-32017-5

Publisher: Springer International PublishingCopyright HolderSpringer International Publishing SwitzerlandAdditional Links




Dr Susan O. Keitumetse competed for and won two separate Commonwealth scholarships both to University of Cambridge, UK , where she pursued MPhil (Archaeological Heritage Management and Museums) and later on PhD (African cultural heritage and Sustainable Development). Before she had obtained a BA degree (Archaeology and Environmental Sciences) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Geography and History) from the University of Botswana. During her post-graduate studies, she combined both environmental science and archaeology disciplines to venture into the broader cultural and heritage management studies with a particular focus on sustainable development and cultural heritage management at the department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. With a view to catalyze a linkage between environment and cultural heritage in Africa, Dr Keitumetse conducted various researches and published works that illustrate the relevance of cultural and heritage resources for the broader environmental conservation. She works at the University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute as a researcher in cultural heritage and tourism where she undertakes applied research in areas such as the Okavango inland Delta World Heritage Site and Kalahari areas. Of particular note is her developing conservation model of Community-Based Cultural Heritage Resources Management (COBACHREM) to guide local communities and practitioners’ initiatives towards sustainable use of cultural heritage resources for social development. Dr Keitumetse is an associate editor of the journal Environment, Development, and Sustainability published by Springer. She also sits in the editorial board of the international journal of community archaeology and heritage, published by Taylor and Francis, as well as the International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development published by Green Lines Institute, Portugal. Dr Keitumetse has both national and international experience from across the world. She has won academic grants for research fellowships in international institutions that include; the Rockefeller Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA; the Watson Scholar Fellowship at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA and the Wenner-Gren Foundation research grant for research on ‘historical archaeology of marginal landscapes of eastern Botswana’. Outside academia and in international development Dr Keitumetse has worked and continues to work with institutions such as UNESCO as an expert advisor, examiner, facilitator, and consultant within the intangible cultural heritage section. She has corporate governance experience from African government parastatal institution dealing with environment, heritage, tourism and land use planning. These are derived from her tenure as a board director of Botswana Tourism Organisation for six years, where she also chaired a quality assurance committee of the board dealing with grading and certifying tourism accommodation. Her overall research interests are in the areas of sustainable development and cultural heritage conservation; historical archaeology; community heritage management; communal cultural identities; heritage tourism; heritage and protected areas; international management of cultural heritage; amongst others. Dr Susan Keitumetse has published extensively in the field of cultural heritage conservation and management in Africa, Her works comprise of peer-reviewed articles in international journals; peer-reviewed book chapters; refereed conference proceedings; and technical reports in international periodicals, magazines and newspapers. These can be accessed through search engines such as Google Scholar and LinkedIn. *********************************************************************************************
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