Memory Language and Heritage Symposium

Memory, Heritage and Languages

9:00am - 4:30pm / Friday 23rd April 2021 / Online event
Type: Symposium / Category: Department
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This series of interactive talks, exhibitions, and papers will showcase the latest research being undertaken in the areas of heritage and memory from a Modern Languages-informed perspective. Exploring alternative formats of memory-making, such as digital and interactive forms of memory, participatory forms of memory-making, story-telling, and self-curation, the event will demonstrate the importance of public integration and inclusion in identity creation, across a variety of contexts and locations. It will ask how heritage practices, which are often conceived of as top-down, can be re-situated from the grassroots, where individuals or collectives foreground personal experience in the creation of a shared heritage. We engage in particular with languages which locate state-sponsored memory – and therein expectations of memory and identity narratives – within an inherently masculine concept (patrimonio, patrimoine, patrimoni, patrimônio, patrimoniu). We will ask in particular what the role of languages in this dynamic is, with a focus on social groups who either no longer find themselves in their homeland, those who have been invisibilised from a national/social rhetoric, and those whose representations on an ‘official’ level see them erased from or fighting for representation within national and historical narratives.

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