17th Annual Cambridge Heritage Research Seminar

The Heritage of Displacement:
Forced Migration in the Mediterranean through History

Saturday, 14 May 2016
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
University of Cambridge

By Paul Dudman (@PaulDudman)

HeritageOn behalf of the Refugee Council Archive here at the University of East London, I am very pleased to have been accepted to present a paper at the forthcoming 17th Annual Cambridge Heritage Research Seminar to be held this coming Saturday (14 May) at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.  The theme of the seminar will be “The Heritage of Displacement:
Forced Migration in the Mediterranean through History” and there are a number of really interesting presentations documenting and reflecting upon how migration to and from the Mediterranean is not just a recent phenomenon and highlights how the current negative discourse on migration in the region should be placed into a much wider historical narrative of population movements and cultural adaptations that have taken place.

I have chosen to title my presentation in the afternoon “Displaced Voices, Forgotten Narratives: How can archives document, preserve and make accessible the material culture and first-hand testimonies of Mediterranean migration?” as I wanted to take the opportunity to investigate the role of Archives in preserving the narratives of the migration experience and to consider the notion that the voices of refugees and migrants are often marginalised or left un-heard with the Archive, or even deliberately overlooked in favour of the often dominant narratives of the nation within the context of historical writing.  I also hope to reflect on the work we undertaking with the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London to make our collections responsive to documenting the genuine voices and narratives of migrants and refugees, especially in light of current migration issues in the Mediterranean.

The synopis of this seminar states that: “Throughout history forced mass movements of people have created heritage, at the time and retrospectively. Sites left behind are reused or fall into ruin, objects are taken on journeys, cultural practices are introduced into new environments. Later, return may be attempted in various way, through repatriation for instance. In this symposium we will explore the heritage of these displacements with a particular focus on the Mediterranean region from pre-history till today.”

The conference will include an exhibition of “Another Day Lost and counting…” by Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj, the performance of Ladino songs by Jessica Marlow, and a lunchinspired by Mediterranean culinary heritage.

To register for the symposium please write to Minjae Zoh (mz369@cam.ac.uk)
For more information visit:
www.arch.cam.ac.uk/about-us/heritage/CHS17

17th Annual Cambridge Heritage Research Seminar

The Heritage of Displacement:
Forced Migration in the Mediterranean through History

Saturday, 14 May 2016

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
University of Cambridge

Timetable:

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-9:45 Welcome and introduction to the conference theme
Dr Dacia Viejo-Rose

9:45-10:15 Historical Overview
Prof David Abulafia, University of Cambridge

10:15-11:30 Voicing ownership and loss
Chair: Prof Marie Louise S. Sørensen

Reflections in the Silver Mirror: Owning the Past and Carrying Its Burden
Atak Ayaz, Sabancı University

Giving Voice to Those Left Behind: “My Grandmother was an Armenian …”
The Cross-Generational Legacy of Forced Turkification
Tanya Elal-Lawrence, Yale University

“Non era più una casa, era un altro contenitore”– Italian Jews and the
Meanings of Lost Property in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
Anna Koch, University of York

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Rematerializing heritage
Chair: Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco

Changing Foodways, Reimagined Communities: The Transmission of
Food as Heritage in the Afghan Diaspora in London
Rebecca Haboucha, Museum of London

Multka Project: A Cultural Initiative in Berlin’s Museums for Syrian
Refugees in Germany
Isber Sabrine, Heritage for Peace

12:30– 13:00 Situating the Heritage of Displacement –
Museums, Audiences and Identity
Dr Susannah Eckersley, University of Newcastle

13:00-14:00 Lunch of Mediterranean cuisine (caterd by Al Casbah)

14:00-14:30 Refuges Objects: ethics, protection, traffic, and cooperation
Francs Desmarrais, ICOM

14:30-15:30 Scales of engagement and alienation
Chair: Dr Dacia Viejo Rose

‘Le droit d’asile’ The Louvre’s 50 Point Plan and the International Protection
of Cultural Heritage During Conflict
Lowrie Robertson, University of Law

Disalienating Heritage
Dr Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, University of Oxford

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00 – 16:30 Another Day Lost: 1888 and counting…
Issam Kourbaj, Syrian artist
[Presentation in the South Lecture Room where the piece is exhibited.]

16:30-17:30 The ethics of representing refugee heritage
Chair: Prof Yannis Hamilakis

We are all Refugees: An Ethnographic Discussion of the Narrative and Material
Politics of Displacement in Modern Greece
Dr. Elisabeth Kirtsoglou, Durham University

Displaced Voices, Forgotten Narratives
How can archives document, preserve and make accessible the material culture
and first-hand testimonies of Mediterranean migration?
Paul Dudman, University of East London

How Do Immigrants and Refugees Shape the Future of Heritage Ethics?
Dr Andreas Pantazatos, Durham University

17:30-18:00 Summary and reflections panel
Prof Yannis Hamilakis to lead

18:00-18:45 Performance of Ladino Songs by Jessica Marlowe

19:30 Conference dinner
[An exhibition accompanying the seminar will be on display in the South Lecture Room.]