Ciraj Rassool

Ciraj Rassool


  • The role of museums, Decolonisation, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Capetown (South Africa)

Ciraj Rassool is Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape and directs its African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies. He is an Associated Member oft he Global South Studies Center at the University of Cologne and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Luschan Collection (Berlin).

He has been on the boards of the District Six Museum, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and the National Heritage Council of South Africa. He has previously chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Council of African Museums, and currently serves on the High Level Museums Advisory Committee of UNESCO.

Ciraj Rassool has published widely in the fields of political biography, museum and heritage studies, memory politics and visual history. His latest books are The Politics of Heritage in Africa: Economies, Histories and Infrastructures (Cambridge University Press, New York 2015), co-edited with Derek Peterson and Kodzo Gavua and Unsettled History: Making South African Public Pasts (University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2017), written with Leslie Witz and Gary Minkley.
[As of June 2020]

Contributions by Ciraj Rassool