Recent and forthcoming talks and events, including conference presentations.
Memories of the Future, Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, London
29-30 March 2019
I’ll be presenting a paper on ‘(Im)possible Cartographies of Earthly Remembrance’ at the above two-day conference, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory. An overview of the conference and a draft programme are now available on the website of the Institute of Modern Languages Research.
Historic Towns and Villages Forum, Kellogg College, Oxford
19 March 2019
Invited talk on The Peckham Coal Line project, focusing on the power of community involvement to enact change in the historic environment.
AHRC/JPICH workshop on the re-use and continued use of historic buildings, urban centres and landscapes, Leicester
26 November 2018
I’ll be chairing a session on ‘Diversity and Communities’ at the above workshop in November. Details here.
Value Matters Workshop
13 November 2018
In mid November I’ll be presenting at a workshop on different concepts of ‘value’ hosted by Peg Rawes, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at the Bartlett. My talk – part of a panel on ‘environmental responsibility’ – considers emergent ‘ecologies of value’ from the perspective of critical heritage studies.
Deterritorialising the Future: A Symposium on Heritage in, of and after the Anthropocene
14 September 2018
This symposium – held at Senate House in London – sought to bring the rapidly expanding field of critical heritage into productive dialogue with emerging trends in the posthumanities. You can read more about the event on the Heritage Research website.
ACHS 2018: Heritage Across Borders
1-6 September 2018
At the start of September Rodney Harrison and I hosted a day-long session on ‘Heritage and Posthumanism’ at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference in Hangzhou, China. With speakers from around the world the papers ranged across nuclear fish, animism, biobanks, posthuman ethics and critical museology. In particular the session helped to demonstrate the breadth of posthumanist thinking now permeating the heritage field, which often takes a fairly narrow view of this philosophical framework.
International Network for the Theory of History, Place and Displacement: The Spacing of History, Stockholm
20-22 August 2018
I co-organised, with Katie Digan of the University of Ghent, a session on ‘Future Histories’ as part of the 3rd INTH conference at Södertörn University in Stockholm. Drawing on my Anthropocene/posthumanism research I presented a paper on ‘The New Inheritance Paradigm: Future Histories of the More-than-human’.
John Thomson: Reframing Materials, Images, and Archives, London
6-7 June 2018
This workshop coincides with a new exhibition showcasing photographs of China, Siam and Cambodia produced by John Thomson in the nineteenth century. I’ll be presenting research on the role Thomson’s photographs played in the making and unmaking of Angkor as a site of heritage.You can read more about the workshop and book tickets here. The exhibition is being held at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, from 13 April to 23 June.
Photography & History: A Past & Present Workshop, Birmingham
30-31 May 2018
This workshop hosted by Elizabeth Edwards and Lucie Ryzova sought to explore different modes of ‘doing’ history in the age of photography. My invited paper was based on a new strand of research looking at the role of photography in shaping notions of history and heritage in Thatcher’s Britain. Here I am particularly interested in revisiting Raphael Samuel’s work on the topic to excavate an alternative reading of ‘heritage photography’ – one that is less concerned with the surface of the image than with issues of production, circulation, materiality and affect.
Workshop on heritage, conflict and the photographic archive in Florence
18 – 20 April 2018
I was recently invited to take part in a special workshop on war, photo archives and the temporalities of cultural heritage at the incredible Phototek of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. The two day workshop included speakers from Poland, the Ukraine, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Britain.
You can read more about the workshop here.
18-20 December 2017
I’ll be speaking on speculative archaeologies again at this years TAG in Cardiff. Penelope Foreman has organised what looks to be a fantastic panel on archaeology and sci-fi, which you can read more about at the link below. My paper is titled ‘A Veritable Collection of Erotomaniacs’: Archaeology, Heritage, and the Post-Apocalyptic Museum. I’ll be looking at two of my biggest obsessions: Chris Marker’s seminal short film La Jetee and Nicolas de Crecy’s wonderful graphic novel Glacial Period. Should be a blast.
3-5 November 2017
Delighted that my paper Speculative Archaeologies: Brief Histories of Future Misinterpretation has been accepted for this year’s Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory conference in Amsterdam. Going for quite a grand narrative approach with this one…
CARMAH, Otherwise: Rethinking Museums and Heritage, Berlin
27-28 July 2017
As part of the World Cafe section of the Centre for Anthropological Research in Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) 2 day symposium Otherwise: Rethinking Museums and Heritage, I was invited to host a table on ‘hauntology’. Abstract below.
First defined by Derrida in “Spectres of Marx”, the term ‘hauntology’ asks us to consider the affective force of what is no longer present, and to acknowledge the failed futures that haunt contemporary life. In this sense hauntology offers a useful vector for rethinking museums and heritage in a way that revitalises their relation to the injustices, exclusions and disturbances of the world. How can we work with or against the absent presences (human and non-human) that are central to the heritage field? What forms of collecting, display and interpretation are required to confront the hauntological within society? How might an aesthetics of the ‘ghostly’ inform meaningful political action in the present? This table will address these and other questions as part of a critical-creative exploration of the hauntology/heritage dynamic.
Centre for Heritage and Development, Leiden University
In May 2017 I was invited to contribute to this two day invited workshop exploring synergies between the UCL and University of Gothenburg Centre for Critical Heritage Studies and the Leiden University Centre for Heritage and Development. My talk considered photography and memory from a theoretical perspective.
Decolonising History: Visualisations of Conflict in a ‘Post-War’ Europe, UCL
18 March 2017
I was recently invited to join this one day conference exploring conflict and visualisation. My talk Visualising Varosha: Activist Collecting and the Performance of Photography ‘at the Margins’ explored the making and unmaking of Varosha as a site of contested heritage.