Heritage and the Politics of Culture
The LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development and Irasec/Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO) joint panels discuss the notion of “contested heritage”, in light of the politics of memory, trauma and mobility.
In recent decades, increasing numbers of Asia’s massive population have been on the move. Demographically and geopolitically, Asia’s appearance has been constantly shifting as people seek jobs, education, asylum, medical care, family reunion or touristic distractions. Europe, as one ring in the ripple, has keenly felt the impact of Asian migration, motivated by economic reasons or forced by political factors. The second panel proposes to study what such demographic mobility means in terms of memory production and transmission, and then analyzing its influence on the sense of belonging and embodied subjectivity, not only for individual migrants but also for their descendants.
Through a panel designed as interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, combining approaches from humanities and social sciences, we propose approaching the critical issue of mobilities by merging migration and memory studies to delve into the sociocultural aspects of migration and its long-term implications. Studies concentrate on personal and collective memories with a interest in the political dimension of their relations to the past. Together, these studies address the dimensions of time, space, and subjectivity through the physical mobility of Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Khmers, and Indonesians within Asia and Europe. It combines studies that deal with mobility and memory at three different scales: national, interregional in Asia, and transregional between Asia and Europe.
The panel will explore how emigration and im-/migration within or from East and Southeast Asia have resulted in mobile frames of memory, and in consequence, transformed the sense of belonging and the definition of the self, both for the individuals and for the groups on the move.