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Identity work at heritage sites: A stepping
stone to intercultural understanding and
peace?
Nicole Deufel
University Colle...
Case Studies
Identity statements
• “This is where I come
from, this is my
heritage, this is to do
with me involved with
the nation.”
• ...
Identity statements
• “This, here, is where our
ancestors come from.”
• “Without our history we
are nothing.”
• “…this is ...
Identity statements
‘It just makes you feel quite small in the whole
chain of human events. It makes you feel
important at...
Statements about others
• “That’s important, where we come from, and that first of
all, we all are human beings.”
• “The p...
Statements about visiting heritage abroad
• ‘[Discos, shops] isn’t what that country is about. To me it’s
going and visiti...
Statements visiting heritage abroad
‘The ordinary people have got the same fears and
worries, likes and dislikes, as any o...
Preferred readings: Varusschlacht
Interpretation of the Romans
Friedenszeichen (Peace signs)
Romans and Germans re-enactment
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Identity Work at Heritage Sites: A Stepping Stone to Intercultural Understanding and Peace?

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Paper presented at Heritage and Healthy Societies conference at UMass Amherst, USA, 14.-16.May 2014. Hosted by the UMass Amherst Center for Heritage & Society. The paper considers some preliminary research findings from my doctoral research in England and Germany on heritage interpretation. Please download the presentation to hear the audio narration.

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Identity Work at Heritage Sites: A Stepping Stone to Intercultural Understanding and Peace?

  1. 1. Identity work at heritage sites: A stepping stone to intercultural understanding and peace? Nicole Deufel University College London Heritage and Healthy Societies Conference UMass Amherst,14.-16. May 2014
  2. 2. Case Studies
  3. 3. Identity statements • “This is where I come from, this is my heritage, this is to do with me involved with the nation.” • “It gives you a warm feeling, it’s part of my past.” • “What it means to be British.”
  4. 4. Identity statements • “This, here, is where our ancestors come from.” • “Without our history we are nothing.” • “…this is where I live, this is where I was born, this is where I grew up.”
  5. 5. Identity statements ‘It just makes you feel quite small in the whole chain of human events. It makes you feel important at the same time.’
  6. 6. Statements about others • “That’s important, where we come from, and that first of all, we all are human beings.” • “The poor were poor, the rich were rich, and the dogs bodies was the very poor people, and it didn’t matter from what country you came from.” • “I think history does, you know, sort of make you realise we’re not alone in the world, we’re not special, we’re all the same.”
  7. 7. Statements about visiting heritage abroad • ‘[Discos, shops] isn’t what that country is about. To me it’s going and visiting all these sites, seeing how people lived and then you start appreciating life itself.’ • ‘People need to travel, people need to see how other people live, and then they realise, you’re from Japan, but you know…’
  8. 8. Statements visiting heritage abroad ‘The ordinary people have got the same fears and worries, likes and dislikes, as any one else in the world. It’s only the politicians that make it awkward.’
  9. 9. Preferred readings: Varusschlacht
  10. 10. Interpretation of the Romans
  11. 11. Friedenszeichen (Peace signs)
  12. 12. Romans and Germans re-enactment

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