5 Mar 20092:30pm - 4:30pmCRASSH, 17 Mill Lane

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Speaker:   Dr  Paola Filippucci 

 

Abstract 

 

In my talk I draw on ethnography I have conducted on the former Western Front in France and Belgium to discuss how the battlefield of a war almost a century old is still a key 'site of memory' for Europe and an arena for the elaboration and contestation of European identity and identities. I focus on present-day debates and practices surrounding war-related heritage in this area to show how the Great War remains alive in local, national and international imaginations and is co-opted to address current issues (e.g. Franco-German relations, the Northern Irish peace process, France's relations with its colonial past).         

 

Biography 

 

Paola Filippucci is a Fellow in Social Anthropologist and College Lecturer at New Hall (Murray Edwards College), Cambridge. Her current research focuses on war remembrance on the former Western Front, and combines ethnography and archaeology (conducted as a member of No Man's Land – the European for Great War Archaeology – see http://www.no-mans-land.info/). Her wider research interests include social memory and historicity, heritage, and the anthropology of space, place and landscape. As well as in France and Belgium, she has conducted research in Italy and Spain.

 

 

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Part of the European Identities and Encounters Research Group Seminar Series. 

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