ICCHS Research Seminar, 1-2pm, Room 1.06, 18 Windsor Terrace
Speaker: Susan Ashley, Senior Lecturer, Cultural Management, Northumbria University
Heritage as Process
In this seminar Susan Ashley, cultural studies scholar and cultural management lecturer at Northumbria University, will offer some personal thoughts about the ‘value’ of heritage. Starting from her experiences as a front-line interpreter, planner, consultant, and now academic in the field of heritage, Susan examines heritage as a ‘structure of feeling’: a sensibility or consciousness or process of understanding our relation to the past. Heritage-as-process is about our thoughts and experiences in the present, a social experience actively lived and felt. In her paper for ICCHS Susan will weave these ideas into stories of work and research experiences over the years with ‘Other’ sites of heritage-making, from Algonquian rock art to Black history to her current work with the Chattri memorial group in Brighton.
Image: The Chattri Memorial and annual service, on the Downs near Brighton, dedicated to the Indian soldiers who fought on the Western Front during the First World War. (Photo: Bert Williams.)
Susan Ashley‘s work explores the ‘public’ nature of heritage knowledge production, and issues around heritage representation and management. Her research interests draw on a long professional practice working in the media and heritage organisations across Canada.
Susan’s recent edited book ‘Diverse Spaces:Identity, Heritage and Community in Canadian Public Culture’ is published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
All welcome. No need to book. Please just come along!