Ivan Karp's Publications: An Online Archive

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Ivan Karp was National Endowment for the Humanities Professor in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and co-director of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship (CSPS) until his retirement in May 2011. He passed away on Sept. 17, 2011.

Karp’s work has had a broad influence in anthropology, African studies, museum studies, African philosophy, public scholarship and many other fields. This online archive of his publications is intended to make that work widely available. The links at left provide lists of Karp’s books and downloads of his articles, as well as lists of the works published in the two book series for which he served as editor. Articles have been grouped into four themes, although many of his papers address more than one of these areas. T.O. Beidelman offers an overview of Karp’s work in anarticle published in African Studies Review in 2012.

Karp received many honors and awards during his career, among them: the Marion Creekmore Award for significant contributions to internationalizing Emory (2005); a Rockefeller Foundation Grant to establish the Institutions of Public Culture, a linked program of fellowships and student awards between Emory University and selected institutions in Cape Town, South Africa (2000-08); a Ford Foundation grant in support of Area Studies under the Crossing Boundaries, Cultural Studies and Area Studies Initiatives (1997); a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for a Postdoctoral Center in the Humanities on the subject of Public Scholarship (1996-2000); a Special Award for the Office of the Assistant Secretaries for Museums for research on Museums and the Cultural Imagination (1992); a Rockefeller Foundation-Smithsonian Institution grant for conferences on Museums and Communities and Exhibiting Cultures (1987, 1988); a Rockefeller grant for conferences on Museum Cultures (2006); and many more.

Karp also served as co-editor for the Indiana University Press series African Systems of Thought and the Smithsonian Institution Press series Studies in Ethnographic Inquiry. He served on the editorial boards of Museum Anthropology; African Philosophy; Les Classiques Africaines; Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa; Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy; Cultural Anthropology; Anthropological Linguistics; Anthropology; and more.

All downloadable papers are used here with permission. Please do not recirculate them, but feel free to direct others to this website.


Call for Applications - UNITAR World Heritage Sites Programme 2012

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Justification of Outstanding Universal Value in the
Context of World Heritage Nominations
4 – 8 June 2012
Hiroshima, Japan

Series Background

The UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites, launched in 2003, has thus far comprised eight annual Workshops held in Hiroshima and one in-country Workshop in India. The Series, with over 300 Alumni to date, offers a set of innovative approaches to heritage conservation, including:

A values-based management approach examining the significance of the sites to beconserved;

  • The fusion of cultural and natural heritage management;
  • The recognition of both the tangible and intangible aspects of heritage sites.
  • The 2012 Session, entitled Justification of Outstanding Universal Value in the Context of World

Heritage Nominations examines in detail the expectations and requirements needed to effectively address this most essential part of World Heritage nominations.


  • The specific objectives of the 2012 Workshop will be to:
  • Review the key elements of the World Heritage Regime, incorporating updates and
  • current trends;
  • Elucidate the principles of “Values-Based Heritage Management”;
  • Examine the Justification of Outstanding Universal Value as a crucial element of World
  • Heritage nominations, identifying best practices and lessons learned;
  • Through reality-based practical exercises, extract key concepts and common issues
  • for given sites;
  • Enhance long-term peer learning and exchange among the participants.


Interactive Lectures:

Lectures will be delivered by representatives of UNITAR, UNESCO, IUCN, ICOMOS and the Getty Conservation Institute, outlining from both international and regional perspectives the current trends in analysing and identifying Outstanding Universal Value in the nomination process.

Training of Trainers:

A focus will be made throughout the training sessions to relate the learning being facilitated to the realities on the ground of potential or current World Heritage sites. In addition, each participant will be empowered to recreate the training upon their return to their country in order to achieve a self-propagating legacy.

Study Tours:

Underscoring the theoretical introductions and analysis presented, Study Tours form an integral part of the training methodologies utilised by UNITAR. Visits will be made to the World Heritage Atomic Bomb Dome and it’s attendant museums, as well as to the World Heritage Itsukushima Shinto Shrine.

Practical Exercise:

Key to the facilitation of learning at the Workshop is the Practical Exercise whereby participants must work in small groups to analyse real world Case Studies and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge received

Participation/Qualification of Applicants

The participants (up to 25) will consist of:

  • Potential or current World Heritage site managers;
  • Natural/cultural conservation specialists and trainers;
  • Decision makers and government officers;
  • Representatives of academic institutions, think-tanks and civil society;
  • Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo with professional interests in conservation issue.


Selection, by a committee comprised of UNITAR and its faculty, will be based upon:

  • Candidates’ qualifications and merits;
  • Potential benefits they may gain from the Workshop in the conduct of daily professional duties;
  • Future roles they may play as trainers.

Participation Cost

The following subsidized costings, covering all accommodation, tuition, material, study-tour, breakfast and lunch costs for the duration of the programme (Monday, 4 June – Friday, 8 June 2012), are applicable for the Session:

  • General participants: USD 800
  • Participants from Upper Middle Income Countries:* USD 700
  • Participants from Lower Middle Income Countries:* USD 600
  • Participants from Least Developed Countries:* USD 500

- Please note that all travel costs to and from Hiroshima are the responsibility of the participant and/or their organisation.

*Definitions of such countries are outlined on the Application Page

Application Procedure

To apply for the Workshop, please visit:

The deadline for Applications is: Monday 7 May 2012.

Any questions regarding the Workshop may be directed to Mr. Berin McKenzie, Specialist at UNITAR who is coordinating the programme: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling +81-82-511-2424.

Any questions regarding the modalities of the Session may be forwarded to Mr. Berin McKenzie, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) Specialist at UNITAR, who is coordinating the Session.

Case Study

Each candidate is required to submit a one page (maximum) Case Study describing a heritage site with which they have experience.

Please note:

  • These Case Studies will be distributed to all faculty, as well as being incorporated into the Workshop literature; please ensure this document does not exceed the maximum limit.
  • Please submit this document in Word format and, in order to assist UNITAR in the application process, please ensure all documents sent electronically are saved with the following name format: WHS12-country-familyname-document, e.g.: WHS12-newzealandsmith-casestudy.
  • Some selected cases may be used at the Workshop. In such cases, the participant who submitted the Case Study will act as a ‘data provider’ to the team, outlining any specifics of the Case Study in question.

The Case Study must contain at least the following elements, under the same headings (the percentages indicate relative importance of each segment):

Description of the site and corresponding data on that Site (40%)

  • This should include the description/definition of the spatial area. The Site could be an already designated World Heritage Site, a site included on a national tentative list, or not listed at all but a site that the applicant believes to have an “Outstanding Universal Value”.

Please identify the values of the site.

Description of the current management system, and problems observed (40%)

This should contain a description of the existing management system (international, national, local, indigenous, etc.). Please analyse whether or not the existing system and overall trends protect and promote the values of the Site and avoid (potential) threats to the Site’s values.

Suggestion for a project (20%)

The Case Study should suggest one or more discussion topics or project(s) in order to tackle the problems or threats to the site. Only if the case is selected will topics or project proposals be discussed and elaborated in plenary or by working teams, therefore the summary paper need not contain a full project document and maps or data need not be copied or attached at this stage.

In order to confirm your application, please ensure your Case Study is uploaded during the Participant Registration process as well as forwarded to Mr. Berin McKenzie, Specialist at UNITAR who is coordinating the course ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

We look forward to receiving your application.


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"Africa can only be as strong as the institutions she creates and sustains to feed her mind, body and soul"

.............................. Anonymous

"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."
..............................Thomas Jefferson

"A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
.............................. Mohandas Gandhi

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Partners & Funders for 2011


                    - ICH Project
                     - Gabon
                     - Wheap


- Newcastle University
  (En-compass Field & Workshop)

- AU - African Union