HERITAGE FROM BELOW

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seminar
September, 28 and 29, BAZA, B. Adžije 11
 
field seminar
September 30, Drežnica, Mala Javornica
 
The title of this year’s Micropolitics seminar is a syntagm borrowed from historian Ian J. Robertson. Robertson defines heritage as “people – collectivity and individuals – and their sense of inheritance from the past and the uses to which this sense of inheritance is put”. The concept of heritage from below, according to Robertson, stems from the presumption that, although it is not a financially independent process, “there exist uses of the past in the present that are only minimally related to the economic and that such uses can function as cultural resources for counter hegemonic expressions”. His critique of contemporary academic production related to the theory of heritage, on the other hand, is based on the assumption that the aforementioned production is “seduced, more often than not, by the nationalist, top-down, commercial and tourism-focussed perspectives of the mainstream manifestations of heritage that together constitute a hegemonic discourse”. The lectures in our seminar seek to define the ways in which the acceptance of the above and similar critical interpretations of heritage is manifested in different European settings, various disciplines that traditionally deal with the interpretation and mediation of the knowledge of past cultures (archaeology, art history, museology), and the possibilities of conceptualising heritage from below under the conditions of neoliberal capitalism.
 
 
TIMETABLE
 
FRIDAY, September 28, 7 PM
 
Xurxo Ayán Vila, Rui Gomes Coelho: Arheology of the Spanish civil war: conflict, memory and social justice
 
 
SATURDAY, September 29, 10 AM - 4 PM
 
10.00 - 10.30 AM Ivana Hanaček, Sanja Horvatinčić: Introduction
 
SESSION I
10.30 - 11.00 AM Rui Gomes Coelho: Politics of Heritage
11.00 - 11.30 AM Josipa Lulić: Nation and Archeological Heritage
11.30 - 11.45 AM discussion

11.45-12.00 PAUSE

SESSION II
12.00 - 12.30 PM Xurxo Ayán Vila: Brothers in arms: Arheologists and The Spanish civil war
12.30 - 13.00 PM Andrew Lawler: The people’s liberation struggle as an “unclaimd” heritage in Bosnia & Hercegovina
13.00 - 13.15 PM discussion
13.15 - 14.00 lunch
 
SESSION III
14.00 - 14.15 Documentary movie “Drežnica” (r. Slavko Goldstein)
14.15 - 14.45 Sanja Horvatinčić: “Liberated partisan territory as community heritage: History and social memory of the Peoples’ liberation war in Drežnica
14.45 - 15.15 Helena Stublić: “Unwanted” Heritage in Croatia? Misinterpretation of the Term
15.15 - 16.00 Final discussion
 
 
SUNDAY, September 30, Drežnica / Mala Javorica
 
Organised field trip to Drežnica and the surrounding area, and the memorial complex at the site of the Partisan Hospital no.7 at Mala Javornica. Departure from Zagreb at 9.00 AM; returning in the evening. Reservation should be sent by e-mail at: blok@blok.hr.
 
 
programme editor: Sanja Horvatinčić
design: Nikola Križanac
 
 
Donors: The Croatian Ministry of Culture, The City Assembly of the City of the Zagreb.
Annual program at BAZA is supported by Kultura Nova Trust Fundation.
BLOK is a user of an institutional support grant by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development.

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