This panel seeks to explore the various ways in which communities have reified past or current conflicts as part of their cultural heritage in order to explore how this process affects these communities.
The world today is wrapped in conflict and even if a nation or state is not currently engaged in one, their history is often filled with important conflicts with one enemy or more. Some conflicts are prolonged, violent affairs like the one between Israel and Palestine, whilst others are more low-key. For many, one or more types of conflict have formed not only a part of their everyday, lived experience, but it also holds a firm place in their cultural heritage. This panel aims to explore the ways in which communities have transformed their various conflicts into cultural heritage and what effect that has on the communities themselves. Does it help to move past the bitterness the conflicts created or does it help prolong the conflicts in one way or another? Who owns the past and who decides what is remembered and what is forgotten? How does a community remember, or celebrate, a past conflict if the opposing group lives amongst or near them? These are just some of the questions that this panel could and hopefully will explore.