Heritage processes are negotiation processes, because the handling and interpretation of a collectively shared heritage is permanently contested. In the process, there are omissions, rewritings, or additions; not only of what constitutes a heritage object but also its social construction. Dissent and conflict are constitutional elements of this negotiation of material and intangible constructions of heritage and identity. By reinvestigating such heritage constructions through the concept of censorship, it offers the possibility to look at what is positively established as heritage or identity. On the other hand, this perspective also directs the focus to what is considered negative, or undesirable, what is suppressed, excluded, rejected or prevented.
The fifth annual conference of the DFG Research Training Group 2227 “Identity and Heritage” aims to contribute to the understanding and historization of censorship debates, the contexts out of which they arose, their dissemination, and the actors involved. Patterns of argumentation and perception associated with the censorship debates are examined from the perspective of the history of discourse, conflict, media and theory.
The final panel discussion "Censorship and Public Spaces in Times of Monument Removals" Niloufar Tajeri, Nnenna Onuoha (artist, Harvard/Potsdam) and Kristina Leko (artist, Berlin) will discuss hegemonic practices of silencing, cancelling, degrading and reframing as colonial continuation and counter-hegemonic practices in art, architecture and activism.
Bauhaus-University Weimar, Library Building, Steubenstr. 6 (Audimax), digital conference via Livestream (Zoom)