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January 29th, 2019

The Politics of Memorials

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

January 29th, 2019

The Politics of Memorials

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Michelle Codrington-Rogers/ Margaret O’Callaghan/ Rahul Rao

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Memorials have been fiercely debated in recent times. What roles do memorials play in a society and how do these acts of remembering contribute to a community’s sense of identity? What gets remembered and what forgotten, and who decides? When, if ever, should memorials be removed? We discuss past and present controversies around public memorializing, from Ground Zero and Confederate monuments to Rhodes Must Fall and Trafalgar Square.

Speakers
Michelle Codrington-Rogers, Activist; Junior Vice-President, NASUWT
Margaret O’Callaghan, Reader in History, Queen’s University Belfast
Rahul Rao, Senior Lecturer in Politics, SOAS

Chair
Sarah Fine, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy; Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, KCL

 

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