Sites of Memory symposium

How is memory expressed and represented in the landscape? Memory studies, as an emerging cross-disciplinary field, shed new light on the interpretation, management and understanding of sites of significance. This symposium explores local and international perspectives on memory and significant sites and culminates in an examination of the National Museum of Australia site.

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What is a memory?

Dr Judith Slee, Dr Mike Pickering, Professor Paul Pickering and Dr Peter Stanley

Sites of Memory symposium, 28 August 2009

Historians Mike Pickering, Paul Pickering and Peter Stanley join psychologist Judith Slee in a discussion about memory, how it is defined, measured and understood, and why it is sometimes contested.

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memory, museums

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Memorials and sacred sites

Professor Claire Smith, Flinders University and Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

Sites of Memory symposium, 28 August 2009

The spiritual significance and memorialisation of place are explored by archaeologist Claire Smith, examining Aboriginal sacred sites, and by historian Peter Stanley’s research into the Mont St Quentin battlefield.

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ceremony, conflict, indigenous, memory, place, spirituality

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Layers of significance – Reconciliation Place and the Acton Peninsula, Canberra

Leanne Dempsey, Mandy Doherty, Anne Faris, Professor Amareswar Galla, Paul House, Andrew Smith and Benita Tunks

Sites of Memory symposium, 28 August 2009

Explores the varying layers of significance of Reconciliation Place and Acton Peninsula in Canberra, both traditional homes of the Ngambri Aboriginal people. The Peninsula was once the site of the Canberra hospital and is now home to the National Museum.

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memory, museums, place

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