“Placing” the Confederacy: Constructing, Removing, and Renaming Confederate Monuments in the South and Beyond II

Type: Paper
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Sponsor Groups: Study of the American South Specialty Group, Historical Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Rebecca Sheehan, Jennifer Speights-Binet
Chairs: Rebecca Sheehan

Description

This session explores the cultural, social, economic, and political attributes, consequences, oppositions, and implications of and to Confederate monuments, including statues, obelisks, historical markers, and toponyms in the cultural landscape as well as cultural landscapes that implicitly memorialize the Confederacy. While these monuments are more frequent in the South, memorializing the Confederacy extends well beyond this region. Moreover, while many of these monuments were erected or put in place during the Jim Crow era, new monuments installed in the 2000s in Arizona, Montana and North Carolina, for example, show that Faulkner's aphorism --"The past is never dead. It’s not even past” -- continues to be prophetic and insightful. As several Southern cities have removed, renamed, or reinterpreted their Confederate monuments and markers and cultural landscapes such as plantations, contentious debate about race, identity, memory, and spatial justice abounds. Papers cover a variety of research methods and perspectives that explore discursive fields and materialities of historical and contemporary meanings of monumentalizing and memorializing the US Confederacy.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Discussant Benjamin Forest McGill University 20
Presenter Jonathan Leib*, Old Dominion University, Boasts of the Confederacy: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Monument Landscapes in Southeastern Virginia 20
Presenter Helen A. Regis*, Louisiana State University, “Just a Little While to Stay Here:” Politicizing Heritage in a Festival Landscape 20
Presenter Jennifer Speights-Binet*, Samford University, The Work of Remembrance, not Reverence in the New Orleans Landscape Rebecca Sheehan, Oklahoma State University, The Work of Remembrance, not Reverence in the New Orleans Landscape 20
Presenter Richard Schein*, University Of Kentucky, Weep no more today 20

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