Symposium organised by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool
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.
9:00am – 4:30pm / Friday 23rd April 2021 / Online even