P22
Remembering and re-envisioning the past
Convenors:
Michael Harris (Florida Atlantic University)
Nancy Lipkin Stein (Florida Atlantic University)
Location:
Wills 3.31
Start time:
8 April, 2009 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

While some cultural and physical artifacts retain meaning, others do not. The panel asks, when and how are local, historical ( and prehistoric) events and stories brought into the present and tied to the physical environment.

Long abstract:

How and when does the past become salient in the present? In the physical realm, guideposts such as monuments and museums, or architecture more generally, provide some limits to how people experience themselves as historically-embedded, active actors. This panel explores these limits and, more importantly, the people and places in which such limits do not exist, are not recognized, or have been obscured. The panel asks, when and how are local, historical (and prehistoric) events and stories brought into the present and tied to the physical environment. These questions stand at the juncture of ethnology and archaeology; the span between the artifact, the object, and the observer. This space is bridged conceptually in varied ways, from the symbolic and political, to the economic and psychological.