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Accepted paper:

Melancholic Timespace in Postcolonial Ruins

Author:

Meghan Tinsley (The University of Manchester)

Paper short abstract:

This paper considers the capacity of sites of memory to disrupt the relationship between past and present, celebration and shame, Self and Other. Drawing from actor network theory, I examine the garden of tropical agronomy as an unsettled, melancholic site that haunts the Parisian present.

Paper long abstract:

This paper considers the capacity of sites of memory to disrupt the relationship between past and present, celebration and shame, Self and Other. Forgotten and suppressed sites of memory, in particular, give rise to new expressions of time and space that transcend the intentions of either architect or spectator. As a case study, I look to the garden of tropical agronomy, a palimpsestic ruin in the Parisian suburbs that gives material form to both the imperial past and the process of forgetting the empire. Drawing from actor network theory, I examine the garden of tropical agronomy as an unsettled, melancholic site that haunts the Parisian present.

panel U08
Urban Experiments in Memory and Forgetting