Place Memory, Place Politics: Cultural Perspectives on the Local and Locality
Donald D. Harrington Workshop
Co-sponsored by Department of and Center for Middle Eastern Studies
April 11-12, 2014
Places are small, meaningful locales that are brought to existence by everyday experiences and practices of ordinary people, their long term emotional investment, attachment, and sense of belonging. How do academics in the humanities and the social sciences approach places that are so vital for communities around the world, so widely contested and vulnerable to erasure? This workshop is intended to provide a platform of critical discussion in the humanities and social sciences to explore, map and make visible small places that are draped with particular memories, configured by cultural practices, and contested in political terms. It seeks genealogical approaches to place to unwrap layers of accumulated meaning in the social sphere. Cultural biographies of place, historical and archaeological case studies of socially significant places, studies of politically contested sites of memory, case studies in political ecologies and place-based resistance will form the core of the discussions at the workshop, which will bring together scholars working on contemporary, early modern, medieval and ancient worlds.
The event is free and open to faculty, students and the public.
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