Entanglements of Heritage Politics and Affective Practice

Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu)

This presentation focuses on the re-centering of nationalism that concurs with public heritage politics in many countries, especially in Eastern Europe. There the iconography of patriotism clashes with social memory debates while unraveling an unsettling potentiality of heritage to sustain nationalist claims and agendas of exclusion. Engagements with the past draw upon symbols and narratives that incite and express strong emotional response, which appeals to conflicting camps of political rhetoric and ideology. I propose to explore the disturbing ways trough which heritage is given meaning, the reciprocity of heritage commoditization and right-wing politics when contemplating the observable affective encounters.

Part of 14-01 Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part II: Nationalism, Class, and Heritage Policies, Monday, October 18, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm