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The Pan African Historical Theatre Festival: Diasporic Racial Identity, Festival Life, and Tourism in Ghana

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The now annual Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST) brings together performers, politicians and tourists in Ghana to explore and celebrate the commonalities and continuities between the cultural expressions of communities of African descent and those in Africa. As a cornerstone in Ghana’s expanding heritage tourism industry, the Ghanaian state stages PANAFEST alongside of the heritage sites and museums located in the coastal slave castles to establish homeland-diaspora relations with communities of African descent. However, the work of establishing homeland-diaspora relations is only in-part fulfilled by the commemorative practices organized around Ghana’s slave castles and museums. Such tourism offerings position Ghana as the homeland for communities of African descent abroad by unifying commemorative practices into a standardized narrative of dispersal for international and domestic tourists alike. The development of such mnemonic practices allows the state to influence perceptions of past events and recast diverse social identities forged though the experience of dispersal from Africa and slavery in the Americas. However, in order for the state to develop more contemporary homeland-diaspora relations and mobilize communities of African descent to contribute to the cultural rebirth of the self proclaimed ‘African millennium’ the state must also develop a framework to account for how the diverse communities hailed by the tourism initiative relate to the state and each other. This paper examines PANAFEST as it relates to the blending of categories of ethnic and racial identity and the formation of contemporary homeland-diaspora relations between communities in Africa and communities of African descent abroad.

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McKinney, Warren. "The Pan African Historical Theatre Festival: Diasporic Racial Identity, Festival Life, and Tourism in Ghana" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Aug 20, 2015 <Not Available>. 2017-09-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1010390_index.html>

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McKinney, W. T. , 2015-08-20 "The Pan African Historical Theatre Festival: Diasporic Racial Identity, Festival Life, and Tourism in Ghana" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2017-09-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1010390_index.html

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Abstract: The now annual Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST) brings together performers, politicians and tourists in Ghana to explore and celebrate the commonalities and continuities between the cultural expressions of communities of African descent and those in Africa. As a cornerstone in Ghana’s expanding heritage tourism industry, the Ghanaian state stages PANAFEST alongside of the heritage sites and museums located in the coastal slave castles to establish homeland-diaspora relations with communities of African descent. However, the work of establishing homeland-diaspora relations is only in-part fulfilled by the commemorative practices organized around Ghana’s slave castles and museums. Such tourism offerings position Ghana as the homeland for communities of African descent abroad by unifying commemorative practices into a standardized narrative of dispersal for international and domestic tourists alike. The development of such mnemonic practices allows the state to influence perceptions of past events and recast diverse social identities forged though the experience of dispersal from Africa and slavery in the Americas. However, in order for the state to develop more contemporary homeland-diaspora relations and mobilize communities of African descent to contribute to the cultural rebirth of the self proclaimed ‘African millennium’ the state must also develop a framework to account for how the diverse communities hailed by the tourism initiative relate to the state and each other. This paper examines PANAFEST as it relates to the blending of categories of ethnic and racial identity and the formation of contemporary homeland-diaspora relations between communities in Africa and communities of African descent abroad.


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