Ruins: perception, reception and reality
Stuart Prior (University of Bristol)
David Shankland (Royal Anthropological Institute)
Stuart Prior & David Shankland
Giovanni Salmeri
Arch & Anth M1
Start time:
7 April, 2009 at 14:30 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel will explore the meaning of ruins & continuous engagement with remains of the past. It will examine how ruins are perceived, how interaction with monuments impacts upon the present, why ruins still hold meaning & significance, and the reality behind conservation/preservation issues.

Long abstract:

This panel will explore the meaning of ruins and the continuous engagement or negotiation with the remains of the past. The panel intends to examine how ruins are perceived by those who come into contact with them, how interaction with these monuments and structures impacts upon the present, why they still hold considerable meaning and significance, and additionally the reality behind their conservation and preservation, and the reasoning and rationale behind the desire to preserve the past for the benefit of future generations. From Prehistoric megalithic structures, through Medieval castles and World War remains, to the abandoned workshops and offices of Silicon Valley, the scope of this panel is intended to be very broad, but ultimately the aim of the panel is to explore why, even in the 21st Century, ruins still hold a special fascination and a place in our imagination.