Conference | Heritage and Revolution: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on May 4, 2017

From H-ArtHist, with more information available at the conference website:

Heritage and Revolution: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, 6 May 2017

From the French Revolution in the eighteenth century, to the communist revolutions in twentieth-century Russia and China, to the Arab Spring in the twenty-first century, heritage has been in the cross-hairs of aspirations to change and utopian constructions of possible futures. This research seminar will explore the unique and complex relationship between cultural heritage and revolutions, two concepts with seemingly opposed temporal connotations.

9:00  Introduction
Chair: Mathilde LeLoup
Dominique Poulot – The French Revolution and the Democratization of Heritage: Or the Parallel Inventions of Vandalism and Heritage

9:30  Session 1: Revolutionary Vanguards in Retrospect
Chair: Tom Crowley
• Astrid Swenson – Out with the Old? The Role of Revolution in the Rise of Heritage
• Julie Deschepper – Between Past and Future: The ‘Heritage Revolution’ in Russia
• Heonik Kwon – Shrine for Displaced Spirits: A Heritage of the Vietnamese Revolution
• Tom Stammers – The Homeless Heritage of the French Revolution

11:00  Coffee break

11:20  Session 2: Building and Destroying Socialist Pasts
Chair: Margaret Comer
• Francesco Iacono – Counter-Revolution or Why It Is Impossible to Have a Heritage of Communism and What Can We Do about It
• Myroslava Hartmond – Where The Bodies Are Buried: A Comparative Study of Lenin Disposal in Post-Communist States
• Laura Demeter – Regime Change and Cultural Heritage Protection, a Matter of State Security

12:30  Artist Talk
• Martha McGuinn – authentic.obj

1:00  Lunch

2:00  Session 3: Materiality and Immateriality of Revolution
Chair: Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
• Lila Janik – Materiality of Praxis and Substance: A Tangible Witnesses to the Russian Revolution and the Subsequent Oppression
• John Carman – Anarchist Ambiguity: The Past and Creating a Free Society
• Michael Falser – From Maoist Revolution to the Mimicking of UNESCO’s Cold War Diplomacy: The Khmer Rouge and the (Un)Making of Angkor/Cambodia as Cultural Heritage, 1975–90

3:00  Session 4: Exhibition Revolution
Chair: Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp
• Jennifer E. Altehenger – Industrial Chinoiserie: China’s Pavilion at the Leipzig Trade Fairs in the 1950s
• Flaminia Bartolini – Entertaining Italy with Propaganda: The Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution in Rome

4:15  Session 5: The Arab Spring: Reconciling Competing Visions
Chair: Dacia Viejo Rose
• Shadia Mahmoud – Museums and Cultural Heritage in Post-Revolution Egypt: Transformation and Transmission
• Dena Qaddumi – Confronting the Past for the sake of the Future: Cultural Heritage in Tunis

5:00  Discussion

5:30  Wine reception

7:00 Dinner

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