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Decolonizing spaces: a (visual) essay on strategies of appropriation, transformation and negotiation of the colonial built environment in postcolonial Congo

Johan Lagae (UGent) , Luce Beeckmans (UGent) and Sofie Boonen (UGent)
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This article presents a series of particular sites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dating from the colonial period. Each site is read like a palimpsest, of which the different physical and symbolic layers are dissected. Taken together, the series of sites illustrates a number of strategies of appropriation, transformation and negotiation of colonial built legacy that are indicative of both official policies of (re)use and informal practices of everyday survival acting on physical spaces in the challenging reality of contemporary RDC.
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Africa, colonial built legacy, Architecture, Congo, Decolonization

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Lagae, Johan, Luce Beeckmans, and Sofie Boonen. 2010. “Decolonizing Spaces: a (visual) Essay on Strategies of Appropriation, Transformation and Negotiation of the Colonial Built Environment in Postcolonial Congo.” Ed. Pnina Motzafi-Haller, Michael Feige, Ruth Gunio, and Lynn Schler. Hagar : Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities 9 (2): 49–88.
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Lagae, J., Beeckmans, L., & Boonen, S. (2010). Decolonizing spaces: a (visual) essay on strategies of appropriation, transformation and negotiation of the colonial built environment in postcolonial Congo. (P. Motzafi-Haller, M. Feige, R. Gunio, & L. Schler, Eds.)HAGAR : STUDIES IN CULTURE, POLITY AND IDENTITIES, 9(2), 49–88.
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Lagae J, Beeckmans L, Boonen S. Decolonizing spaces: a (visual) essay on strategies of appropriation, transformation and negotiation of the colonial built environment in postcolonial Congo. Motzafi-Haller P, Feige M, Gunio R, Schler L, editors. HAGAR : STUDIES IN CULTURE, POLITY AND IDENTITIES. Beer Sheeva, Israel: Ben Gurion University of the Negev; 2010;9(2):49–88.
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Lagae, Johan, Luce Beeckmans, and Sofie Boonen. “Decolonizing Spaces: a (visual) Essay on Strategies of Appropriation, Transformation and Negotiation of the Colonial Built Environment in Postcolonial Congo.” Ed. Pnina Motzafi-Haller et al. HAGAR : STUDIES IN CULTURE, POLITY AND IDENTITIES 9.2 (2010): 49–88. Print.
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  author       = {Lagae, Johan and Beeckmans, Luce and Boonen, Sofie},
  editor       = {Motzafi-Haller, Pnina and Feige, Michael  and Gunio, Ruth and Schler, Lynn},
  issn         = {1565-3323},
  journal      = {HAGAR : STUDIES IN CULTURE, POLITY AND IDENTITIES},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {49--88},
  publisher    = {Ben Gurion University of the Negev},
  title        = {Decolonizing spaces: a (visual) essay on strategies of appropriation, transformation and negotiation of the colonial built environment in postcolonial Congo},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2010},
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