Accepted paper:

Reconstructions, ghosts, and informal settlers. The making and unmaking of Intramuros after World War II

Authors:

Helena Patzer (Czech Academy of Sciences)

Paper short abstract:

Taking as a point of departure the attempts at, subsequently, forgetting, reconstructing, commercializing, and now gentrifying the old part of Manila (Intramuros), the chapter will discuss the politics of heritage in post-war Philippines.

Paper long abstract:

Taking as a point of departure the attempts at, subsequently, forgetting, reconstructing, commercializing, and now gentrifying the old part of Manila (Intramuros), the chapter will discuss the politics of heritage in post-war Philippines. An analysis of heritage revitalization projects and lack thereof will be presented, thus revealing the visions for Intramuros which are present in today's Manila, and how they have been shaped historically. Taken into account will be the points of view of different groups functioning together in the area - informal settlers, business owners, students, government employees, activists, and heritage experts - and their understandings of heritage, space, and the city. This will lead to the discussion of the wider questions of the relation to the past, history, and memory in the Philippines.

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Encounters between past and future: ethnographic approaches on urban renovation, redevelopment, gentrification and heritagization