Remembering to forget
13 August 2012
Rodney will give a talk entitled Remembering to Forget: How conservation culture is killing collective memory at an 'Out of Hours' event at Ham House. The past threatens to overwhelm us—rather than a diminishing resource, heritage is in fact one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. But is heritage always a ‘good’ thing? What does it mean to live in a world in which the past constantly haunts the present?
Rodney's talk will argue that destruction is as important as preservation to the formation of collective memory, and that both processes are integral to a healthy society.
Rodney recently joined the staff of the Institute of Archaeology and has a broad range of experience teaching, researching and working across the fields of natural and cultural heritage management in Australia, the UK and US. His latest book, Heritage: Critical Approaches, will be published by Routledge later this month.