Commemoration Reframed: Accounting for Sensory and Affective Experience at National Memory Sites

Commemoration Reframed: Accounting for Sensory and Affective Experience at National Memory Sites

  • 7 March 2019, 4–5.30pm
  • Deakin University
    Geelong Waterfront Campus
    Room AD1.122
    1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong

  • Free, all welcome

Join Emerging Technologies Lab Associate Professor Shanti Sumartojo, at Deakin Anthropology Seminar Series 2019 as she presents Commemoration Reframed: Accounting for Sensory and Affective Experience at National Memory Sites.

How the past becomes important socially and culturally is well-trammelled territory, a vast and diverse area of both scholarship and public concern. Many geographies of commemoration are concerned with the dynamic and productive relationship between place, memory, the state and its histories and people, and usually focus on particular sites or events that are organised, maintained or sponsored by official bodies.

In this talk, I move on from this to focus on more-than-representational perspectives that foreground the affective and sensory aspects of commemoration sites and events, and also consider methodological approaches that are sensitive to the subtle but excessive feelings that arise in places of remembrance. I advance an argument for approaching commemoration by way of participants’ experiences, arguing that such a reframing enables new insights into not only what commemoration does in terms of people’s feelings of connection to national identities and narratives, but also what it might make possible for national futures by way of the sense of potential that pulls into view when we attend to experience.

Seminars are also video-linked to Deakin’s Melbourne CBD and Burwood campuses: Deakin Downtown (Melbourne CBD): Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins St, close to Southern Cross Station (see reception for room details on the day) and Burwood: Burwood Corporate Centre, Level 2, Building BC, 221 Burwood Highway (see reception for room details on the day).