Mainstreaming the Discourse on Restitution and Repatriation within African History, Heritage Studies and Political Science

  • Wazi Apoh University of Ghana
  • Andreas Mehler Freiburg University
Keywords: mainstreaming restitution;, repatriation debates;, African voices;, interdisciplinary research;


The recent upsurge of interest in restitution and repatriation debates by
practitioners and scholars might offer appropriate chances for true interdisciplinary
research. Not only should historical, anthropological and legal studies take part in
such a conversation, but also, political science, archaeology and heritage studies.
Resolutely and systematically giving voice to both African stakeholders and African
researchers is an imperative. In this introduction, the fresh start of a rich debate is
traced, providing the framework for processing and understanding current debates
and practices of restitution. Essential and neglected questions are formulated.
Detected voids call for the mainstreaming of a new discourse on restitution and
repatriation to play a pivotal role in the epistemology of these allied disciplines
and training.

Author Biographies

Wazi Apoh, University of Ghana

Associate Professor, Archaeology and Heritage StudiesĀ 

Andreas Mehler, Freiburg University

Director of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute and Professor of Political Science