Jerusalems: memory, heritage, imagination

 

arcWe are delighted to be welcoming Barbara Boehm and Melanie Holcomb (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and Margaret Kampmeyer (Jewish Museum, Berlin) to a wrap-up event for the ‘Imagining Jerusalem’ network, which will take place in York on 31st August and 1st September, and will consider the relationships between academic research, the heritage sector, popular history, and the politics of history and memory.  All are warmly welcome to attend.

The funding for the ‘Imagining Jerusalem’ network will soon be coming to an end. Over the past two years, it has been a privilege to bring together a group of international scholars, whose insights — across disciplines, and across time periods — have greatly enriched our understanding of the forms Jerusalem has taken in the collective, and in the individual, imagination. At the same time, our collaborations have thrown up significant divergences of approach and methodology, as well as differences of opinion relating to the place of politics in the historical study of this perenially-divided city.

Our August meeting will explore Jerusalem’s complex global heritage, asking how we might use the knowledge shared by our research community to imagine new futures, both for Jerusalem itself and for the idea of Jerusalem in public life. Though this is a closing event for the network in its current form, we anticipate that it will be the beginning of new forms of collaboration, bringing together network members with new audiences and constituencies.

More details will be posted soon; in the meantime, please email helen.smith@york.ac.uk with expressions of interest.

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