CEMETERY HERITAGE AND PUBLIC HISTORY

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(*) 4° conferenza annuale dell’AIPH 2020

29 maggio – 2 giugno 2020

Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia e Museo M9 Mestre

(*) Il convegno AIPH 2020 è stato rimandato a causa dell’emergenza sanitaria covid-19

 

Cultural memory in the cemetery landascape: Travel Notes for new scenarios to explore – pp. 446-450

Online Book Abstract 4° Conferenza AIPH 2020 di Venezia e Mestre

 

Some points for reflection on cemeteries such as archives, places of memory and witnesses of autobiographical, family and collective stories from which to draw for the knowledge of our societies.

Are cemeteries as the places of memory still significant places for the communities? Are they still functional spaces to elaborate and symbolize our losses in our personal and collective stories?

In this case, our thoughts go to all the victims of covid-19 and to all their relatives who, due to the bans imposed, have been deprived of the rituality of the farewell rites. We are close to their pain which brings us back to Antigone’s drama: she torn between the laws of the State and the laws [unwritten] of heaven. A family and social drama that is also inscribed in the physical and symbolic space of the cemetery as a place of autobiographical and collective memory.