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#ReconstructionWork: Whose Memorials?

Sobers, Shawn; Asante, Barby


Shawn Sobers
Professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice

Barby Asante


The state backlash against the mass protests for racial justice in June 2020 is well underway. A reaction punctuated by the recent passing of the Police, Crimes and Sentencing Bill, which has increased the maximum penalty for criminal damage to a memorial from three months to ten years. As the state rushes to protect its memorials, this conversation focuses on questions of memory to ask: who speaks for the past?

The Stuart Hall Foundation welcomes artists and educators Barby Asante and Professor Shawn Sobers to discuss the ways in which events can be remembered and misremembered, offering a space to interrogate the politics of memory.

‘#ReconstructionWork: Whose Memorials?’ is led by the Stuart Hall Foundation and produced in partnership with the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE).

Supported by Arts Council England.

Presentation Conference Type Keynote
Conference Name #ReconstructionWork
Start Date May 31, 2022
Deposit Date Jun 7, 2022
Keywords memorials, history, heritage, reconstruction, remembrance, memory
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