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.
|Presenter||Christopher Post*, Kent State University, Mark Rhodes, Kent State University, Memory Work and the Dispossession of American Indians in Kansas||20||10:00 AM|
|Presenter||Sarah De Nardi*, Western Sydney University, Learning through feeling: community memory maps as a tool for social healing||20||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Rebecca Sheehan*, Oklahoma State University, Jennifer Speights-Binet, Samford University, Spatial justice in the city and rethinking memorial public spaces as regenerative||20||10:40 AM|
|Presenter||Benjamin Forest*, McGill University, Juliet Johnson, McGill University, From Absence to Presence: The Symbolic Capital of the Hochelaga Rock Memorial||20||11:00 AM|
|Presenter||Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas*, Clark University, Resisting Museum Authority and Curated Modes of Embodiment: pedagogical reflections on ‘(un)feeling your feelings’||20||11:20 AM|
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