From the removal of Confederate symbols in the United States and statues of Canada’s founding political figures to the Rhodes Must Fall Movement in South Africa and the UK, public debates and controversies over historical monuments, memorials, and place names have become particularly contentious focal points for broader political struggles over historical memory and national identity. Such struggles over public commemoration have also become emblematic of debates on race, place, and the politics of memory. This is the 1st in a series of organized sessions that will explore the spatial politics of commemorative landmarks and landscapes around the world, with a specific focus on studies that ground theoretical concerns in historical and contemporary case studies.
|Presenter||Suzanne Nimoh*, Department of Geography and the Environment, Forgetting the Anacostia River: The Removal of Black and Brown Lives from Washington, DC's Memory||20||9:55 AM|
|Presenter||Jocelyn Evans*, University of West Florida, Melody Huckaby Rowlett, University of Oklahoma, Katherine Sims, University of West Florida, Mapping Confederate Icons and Their Contestation||20||10:15 AM|
|Presenter||Joshua Inwood*, Pennsylvania State University, Derek J Alderman, University of Tennessee, Contested Memories of Race and White Supremacy in the South’s “Capital of Cool”: Interrogating Montgomery, Alabama’s Urban Redevelopment in the Context of Memory Work||20||10:35 AM|
|Presenter||Stephen Hanna*, University of Mary Washington, “Don’t seek your history on our backs:” A Slave Auction Block’s location and the racial politics of practicing memory in a Southern town||20||10:55 AM|
|Presenter||Christine MacKrell*, George Washington University, A “More Inclusive National Parks System”: Constructing National Identity through Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument||20||11:15 AM|
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