Public Engagement, and Memory Work, and Landscape as Pedagogy I

Type: Paper
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Historical Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon A2, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Christopher Post, Derek Alderman
Chairs: Christopher Post


Landscapes are pedagogical entities and as such shape our communities in many ways, be it political, cultural, or economic. Landscapes are important commemorative vehicles that are critical to the process and politics of memory-work, that is, the ethical work of coming to terms with, overcoming, and learning from painful and exclusionary historical legacies. In contributing to the AAG New Orleans featured theme of “public engagement,” these special organized sessions highlight many of the ways by which public groups engage with the landscapes, and vice versa, with special attention focused on how we negotiate the difficult meanings of the past and construct and express socially just identities in the present. As a discourse materialized, the landscape is a constant source of public engagement. Landscapes are pedagogical entities and as such shape our communities in many ways, be it political, cultural, or economic. These sessions highlight many of the ways by which the public engage with the landscape, and vice versa, particularly in how we negotiate the meanings of our past and match that with our identity in the present. The invited papers in these sessions approach this notion of public engagement from a varietyous of perspectives, directions, including memorialization, preservation, tourism, and field work, among others. Themes such as race, trauma, witnessing, affect, and power are present throughout these papers. Thus, as a goal, these sessions seek to highlight and push forward the ways by which the public experiences places and landscapes of memory, and how these landscapesat may (or may not) match the intent of those who are responsible for producing them, as well as the efficacy of these landscapes as a form of public pedagogy.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Candace Bright*, The University of Southern Mississippi, Amy E. Potter*, Armstrong State University, Derek H Alderman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, David L. Butler, Middle Tennessee State University, Perry L. Carter, Texas Tech Univeristy, Stephen P. Hanna, University of Mary Washington, E. Arnold Modlin, Norfolk State University, Identifying Points of Intervention in the Interpretation of Slavery: Disassembling the Plantation Museum Experience 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Matthew Cook*, Eastern Michigan University, Black museum geographies and public pedagogy: analyzing museums’ engagement with our recent racist past 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Stephen Hanna*, University of Mary Washington, Mapping Narratives and Performances within Plantation Museum Assemblages 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Eddie Modlin*, Norfolk State University, Taking Southern Tourism Seriously: Do Plantation Museums Still Matter? 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Kenneth Foote University of Connecticut 20 9:20 AM

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