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17:15 - 18:00 26 May 2016

Remembrance, trauma, and war


IAS Common Ground, South Wing | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Remembrance - the ritualised, institutionalised act of recollection and reflection - is often tied to material objects - to monuments, statues, and plaques. What is lost in rooting shared acts of cultural remembering to objects which are materially inanimate, but which embody living historical and political resonances? And what can be gained by examining the ritual of remembrance, especially when it is tied to the psychical, political, and historical consequences of war.

These questions and more are the catalyst for this event which takes an imaginary trip through London and back through time. Setting off from a bandstand in Regent’s Park, this talk weaves between the history of terrorism in London, Mrs Dalloway, the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, and concludes in UCL’s Museum Collections, to ask how acts of remembrance can both drown out and amplify a host of important voices, both historical and contemporary.


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