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    MAJ

    On Being Missing: Legacy, Heritage, Value, Historical Justice

    The Property of Missing Persons

    What does it mean, ”to be missing”, or ”to go missing”? What kind of category is that, what are its figures and symbols, and how does it relate to our sense of historical continuity?

    When claiming the legacy from the 20th century, we should be critically aware of the economics, ethics, and politics that lie in the foundation of such inheritance. Discourses and practices of collective memory, ideologies and rhetorics of historical legacy and cultural heritage nowadays, whether public or private, have to do with identity politics and the presumed continuity between the past and the present. However, as the French poet René Char famously proclaimed, ”our inheritance is not preceded by any testament”. The history of the 20th century consists of irremediable human catastrophes. To continue Char’s thinking, our legacy after these catastrophes may very well represent a case of questionable ownership, and the heritage we consider ours can easily be contested goods. Claiming our legacy, we have to be aware that we are actually claiming for ourselves what constitutes, in all justice, the property of missing persons.

    Welcome to the symposium that consists of two series of lectures, presentations, and discussions, to be held on two separate dates, each focused on one important aspect of the phenomenon of ”missing” and seeking to produce a critique of the language of inheritance, its ideology, politics, and practice.e symposium will consist of two series of lectures, presentations, and discussions, to be held on two separate dates, each focused on one important aspect of the phenomenon of ”missing” and seeking to produce a critique of the language of inheritance, its ideology, politics, and practice.

    Keynote:
    Polina Barskova (Hampshire College, Amherst USA), poet, historian, and literary scholar, the author of eight books of poetry, including three books in English translations, one book of prose in Russian, and the monograph Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster (2017)


    Speakers and commentators:
    Maria Brock, Ove Bring, Julia Demidenko, Anna Kharkina, Irina Sandomirskaja, Jane Sharp, and others


    Arranged by the research project ”Transnational Art and Heritage Transfer and the Formation of Value”; supported by Östersjöstiftelsen; hosted by CBEES

    Tid och plats

    När: måndag 28 maj kl. 10:00-16:00

    Vad: symposium

    Var: MA796, lecture room on 7th floor in MA-building (Moas Båge), Flemingsberg

    Arrangeras av: Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska