Sarah Van Beurden is an associate professor of African studies at the Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in History and Anthropology and the Journal of African History, among others. She is also associated with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
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Together, the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the Institut des Musées Nationaux du Zaire (IMNZ) in the Congo have defined and marketed Congolese art and culture. In Authentically African, Sarah Van Beurden traces the relationship between the possession, definition, and display of art and the construction of cultural authenticity and political legitimacy from the late colonial until the postcolonial era.