24 January 2023 - 24 January 2023
1:00PM - 2:00PM
D104 (Dawson Building) and online via Zoom. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
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Reem Furjani is a researcher on critical heritage studies and cultural policies from Tripoli, Libya. She is Founder and Director of Scene for Culture and Heritage; Fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS); Ambassador to ICOMOS General Assembly 2023; Co-Founder of the Mediterranean Association for Data Interchange (MADI); and recently Fellow at the American Institute for Maghreb Studies (AIMS).
Archaeologists excavating at the Medina of Tripoli, Libya. From Reem Furjani
The paper discusses the destruction and re-construction of meaning around colonial cultural heritage by addressing the impact of authoritarian appropriating of space on the way in which lay users identify and interpret value in colonial heritage. As a case study, the research focuses on the material transformation of the space contextualising the Roman Arch of Marcus Aurelius in the Old City of Tripoli during a politically-driven restoration which ‘re-monumentised’ the colonial symbol. By taking three sections in the timeline of the Arch, it is revealed how authentic valuing of heritage was embodied differently before this transformation.