Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place from 12-1:30pm at OpenGrounds on the UVA Corner.
Tuesday, October 10: Keith Bowers, Biohabitats
Friday, November 17: Dana Nelson, Vanderbilt University *This roundtable will take place from 11:30am-1pm.
Lecture Title: Curated Decay: Subtle Ambush or Slippery Slope?
Is it possible to imagine a post-preservationist orientation to the things that we classify as ‘heritage’? What new relationships with the past (and the future) might emerge from a heritage practice that works with—rather than against—transience and decay? Can we make space for the creative co-existence of ecological process and cultural remembrance? In her 2017 book, Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving, Caitlin DeSilvey raises these questions, and others. In this lecture she will revisit the book’s key themes discuss some of the questions that have arisen from its reception in both academic and practitioner contexts. The lecture will use excerpted readings as prompts to critical reflection on the viability of the book’s argument in relation to issues of politics, policy and poetics.
Tuesday, April 10: Caitlin DeSilvey, University of Exeter