Abandoning and Remaking Heritage in the Age of Planetary Decolonization
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Researcher and educator Emilio Distretti asks can we abandon modern heritage? This conversation seeks to imagine and practice otherwise modes of heritage making beyond the sphere of the nation state. He considers how to encompass diverse experiences of modern violence, and move away from humanitarian view of a heritage of victimhood which de-historicises and depoliticises the political violence behind the atrocities. Distretti suggests that abandoning heritage could create new forms of collective intimacy and reshape political communities.
Emilio Distretti is a researcher and an educator, living between London and Basel. Previously, he was research fellow at the Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant) in East Jerusalem and the Director of the Urban Studies and Spatial Practices program at Al Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences, in Abu Dis in Palestine. More about Emilio Distretti
Image: Photo by Sara Pellegrini, 2021. Courtesy of the artist