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The Heritage of Displacement: The Roots and Routes of Identity on the Move - a panel discussion with accompanying exhibition, (part of the Festival of Ideas), Full information at http://www.mcdonald.cam.ac.uk/events/foi
When Oct 18, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
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The forced displacement of people and the illicit trade of artefacts uproots cultural heritage and decontextualizes it. Forced to flee their homelands people try to hold on to their sense of self and belonging even as it is thrown into turmoil with each new move. Artefacts moved through networks from smugglers to dealers are denuded of layers of meaning as they are readied for the market and given fabricated provenances.

On the routes of exile cultural heritage can be a source of resilience and provoke misunderstandings between people. These displacements also generate new forms of cultural heritage, give rise to fusions of various kinds, and generate narratives of displacement that can become the formative collective myths. This heritage is in turn used to support narratives of belonging, demands for representation, for cultural rights, and claims to history itself.

This panel discussion will bring together researchers and artists in conversation to discuss these issues in light of Syrian heritage in particular. The exchanges will be contextualised through an exhibition of photographs taken in refugee camps in Greece in 2015 and 2016.

The exhibition will display in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research from 17th to 25th October.

 

 

 

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