Conference Programme

CHAT 2017

Heritage, Memory, Art and Agency

3-5 November 2017

Venue: University Library, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Singel 425, Amsterdam


Day 1 – Friday 3rd November 2017


09:15 – 09:50: Registration

09:50 – 10:00: Welcome Speech by Prof. James Symonds

10:00 – 11:30: Session one, Chair: Prof. James Symonds

  • Cornelius Holtorf, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden

Remembering loss: some thoughts about sustainability and resilience in heritage

  •  Sonia Lam-Knott, National University of Singapore, Singapore  

The Politics of Postcolonial Remembrance: Examining ‘Heritage’ and ‘Nostalgia’ in Hong Kong

  • Krysta Ryzewski, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA

“What are you going to do about it?…You must choose, brothers, you must choose.” Resonance and Dissonance in the Archaeology of Contemporary Detroit

  • Tonka Maric, University of Granada, Spain

From Invisibility To Authenticity: Heritage Sites In Post-Conflict Context


11:30 – 12:00: Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30: Session Two, Chair: Dr. Sefryn Penrose

  • Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University, Denmark and Niamh Murphy, Dublin Live Art Festive

Creating ‘Future Histories’ at Kilmainham Gaol: some thoughts from an archaeologist and an artist

  • Gabriel Moshenska, University College London, UK

Buried books in history and archaeology

  • Jerzy Gawronski, Univeristy of Amsterdam (UvA) and Municipality of Amsterdam

River Amstel reflecting the city. Archaeology of the Amsterdam North/South metro.

  • Antonia Liguori, Loughborough University, UK

‘Storying’ the unwanted legacy. Who did decide to keep or demolish the fascist symbols in Littoria/Latina?


13:30 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Session Three, Chair: Dr. Ihab Saloul

  • Colin Sterling, University College London, UK

Speculative Archaeologies: Brief Histories of Future Misinterpretation

  • Monika Frėjutė-Rakauskienė, Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Lithuania

Historical Justice, Collective Memory, and Identity Building among Lithuanian Russians

  • Andrea Hepworth, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Between Memory and Forgetting: Former Sites of Imprisonment in Post-Dictatorship Buenos Aires and Madrid

  • Anna McWilliams, Södertörn University, Sweden

Navy Seals: inventing WWII narratives for the non-human

15:30 – 16:00: Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30: Session Four, Chair: Prof. James Symonds

  • Timo Ylimaunu and Tuuli Koponen, University of Oulu (UO), Finland, and Paul R. Mullins, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indiana, USA

The Archbishop of Canterbury and ‘An Unknown sailor of the Great War’ – the British in the Finnish World War II photography

  • Visa Immonen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Queer memories of urban space – A community art project in Helsinki

  • Pirkko Koppinen, Kingston University London, UK

From Trash to National Treasure: A Tannery’s logbook and 100 Years of Finnish Independence

  • Paul Graves-Brown, University College London, UK and Hilary Orange, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany

‘The stars look different tonight’ Celebrity veneration and the creation of spontaneous street shrines


17:30 – 20:00: Reception at The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture


Day 2 – Saturday 4th November 2017


09:00–09:30: Coffee Break

09:30–11:00: Session Five, Chair: Lindsay Morehouse

  • Jilke Golbach, University College London, UK

Re-activating Roman Ruins: art, heritage and agency in the regeneration of industrial sites

  • Sally MacLennan, Office of Environment and Heritage, Australia

Performing recognition: making Aboriginal cultural heritage visible in urban public space

  • Inge Kalle-den Oudsten, University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands

The Accompanied Visit: Accessing Visitor Meanings in the Museum

  • Elizabeth Marlowe, Colgate University, USA

After Repatriation: Institutional History and Memory


11:00–11:30: Coffee Break

11:30–13:00: Session Six, Chair: Prof. James Symonds

  • Amy Schwartzott, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, USA

Dismembering Weapons to Remember: War and Peace in Mozambique

  • Francesca Penoni, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

Architecture and Memory: The Armenian religious architecture in Turkey

  • Silvia Truini, University of Exeter and University of Southampton, UK

Heritage as domination and the limits of archaeological imagination: a cautionary tale from Silwan/Ir David.

  • Jobbe Wijnen

Battlefield De Punt: Dutch dilemmas in the archaeology of postcolonial Moluccan conflict


13:00–14:00: Lunch

14:00–15:30: Session Seven, Chair: Dr. Laura McAtackney

  • Sarah May, University College London, UK

Giftschrank and memorials – the Great waterfront city

  • Gilly Carr, University of Cambridge, UK

Embroidering the truth? Representations of the German occupation and its legacy and heritage in the Channel Islands

  • Coralie Acheson, University of Birmingham, UK

Instagramming the Iron Bridge: examining the performances of tourist photography in the Ironbridge Gorge

  • Christian Ernsten, Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam University of Arts, Netherlands

“A world of many worlds”. Decolonizing the archaeology of Cape Town’s District Six and District One.


15:30-15:45: Coffee Break

15:45-16:45: Book Launch & Discussion at Potgieter hall at the University Library

17:00-18:00: Posters Presentation & Film Screening at Belle van Zullen hall, the University Library

18:00–21:00: Conference reception at De Brakke Grond (Nes 45, Amsterdam)


Day 3 – Sunday 5th November 2017


11:30–12:00: Coffee Break

12:00–13:30: Session Eight, Chair: Prof. James Symonds

  • Alessandra Spreafico, Cesare Tocci, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Protection of cultural heritage and intentional destructions

  • Zena Kamash, University College London, UK

“Dear Palmyra, I miss you”: understanding memory and heritage politics through the Palmyra Arch installation in Trafalgar Square

  • Carolyn White, University of Nevada, USA, Steven Seidenberg, Artist and Myles McCallum, St. Mary’s University, Canada

Italian Refugee Project: The Built Environment of Home


13:30-14:30: Lunch

14:30-15:00: Goodbye Speech & Concluding Remarks