Introduction: changing concepts of ownership, culture and property.
Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin and Lyndel V. Prott
Part I: Plunder, trafficking and return
01) Destruction and plunder of Cambodian cultural heritage and their consequences.
02) Cambodia's struggle to protect its movable cultural property and Thailand.
03) Looted, trafficked, donated, and returned: the twisted tracks of Cambodian antiquities.
Part II: Between profit, authenticity and ethics
04) Struggles over historic shipwrecks in Indonesia: economic versus preservation interests.
Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz
05) Faked biographies. The remake of antiquities and their sale on the art market.
Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin and Sophorn Kim
Part III: Negotiating conditions of return
06) The Benin treasures: difficult legacy and contested heritage.
07) Pre-Columbian heritage in contestation. The implementation of the UNESCO 1970 convention on trial in Germany.
08) Return logistics - repatriation business. Managing the return of ancestral remains to New Zealand.
Lyndel V. Prott
Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Goettingen, Germany. Lyndel V. Prott is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. She was previously Professor of Cultural Heritage Law at the University of Sydney, Australia, and the former Director of UNESCO's Division of Cultural Heritage.
This book makes an important contribution in the expansive domain of cultural property. Taking the 1970 UNESCO as a very specific and important point of departure, this interdisciplinary collection opens new possibilities for understanding the complex relations between international bureaucracy and local responses in terms of decision-making, implementation and negotiation.
Jane Anderson, New York University, USA