Sites of Suffering and Trauma: What to Remember and What to Forget


WHEN March 7, 2022
7-8:30 PM WHERE Zoom Webinar Part of "Heritage and Memory" WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

This conversation explores how communities connect with places of suffering, like former prisons that have been turned into museums—specifically Esma, the former clandestine center of Detention, Torture, and Extermination under Argentina’s Junta, and Robben Island, South Africa’s detention center for anti-Apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela. How does this connection impact the development of local and international narratives? How does memory interlink with the social-economic uses of heritage in places of trauma? And what does this do to the meaning of the site for the community?

Time: 7:00pm Gulf Standard Time
            10:00am Eastern Standard Time
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  • Alejandra Naftal, Executive Director of ESMA Museum and Site of Memory, Argentina
  • Andre Odendaal, Founding CEO, Robben Island Museum; Writer in Residence and Honorary Professor in History and Heritage Studies, University of the Western Cape
Moderated by
  • Ihab Saloul, Research Co-Director of School of Memory, Heritage and Materials Sciences, University of Amsterdam; and Professor of Memory and Narrative, University of Bologna

In Collaboration with

Dhakira Center for Heritage Studies in the UAE, NYUAD

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