Dissonant Heritage: Concepts, Critiques, Cases

Battilani, Patrizia ; Belcastro, Maria Giovanna ; Kowalski, Krzysztof ; Nicolosi, Teresa ; Bahlawan, Natalia ; Banaszkiewicz, Magdalena ; Cerulo, Claudia ; Davis, Joshua ; Faltoni, Enrico Maria ; González Ruiz, Carlos ; Gravari-Barbas, Maria ; Harris-Sánchez, Ángela ; Hornok, Rita ; Jinks, Nina ; Leech, John Patrick ; Lefevre, Marike ; Lindsay-Pérez, Mónica ; Manet, Martial ; Martínez de la Fuente, Julia Sara ; Masa de Lucas, Olmo ; Mazzucchelli, Francesco ; Medvedeva, Ksenia ; Mickus, Francis ; Mirande, Loanh ; Mota Medina, Álvaro ; Nikody, Marlena ; Piekarska-Duraj, Łucja ; O’Donohoe Villota, María Paula ; Pietrobelli, Annalisa ; Ślaga, Joanna ; Willamowski, Edda (2024) Dissonant Heritage: Concepts, Critiques, Cases. A cura di: Battilani, Patrizia ; Belcastro, Maria Giovanna ; Kowalski, Krzysztof ; Nicolosi, Teresa. Bologna: University of Bologna, p. 192. ISBN 9788854971431. DOI 10.60923/uech2024-1. In: Una Europa Cultural Heritage Series (1). A cura di: Battilani, Patrizia ; Bonnie, Rick ; Castillo Mena, Alicia ; Duplouy, Alain ; Kowalski, Krzysztof ; Sauer, Rebecca ; Wilton, Antje.
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This volume is the outcome of the Una Europa PhD Workshop “Dissonant Heritage: Concepts, Critiques, Cases,” which took place simultaneously at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna and at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków in November 2021. The book explores dissonant heritage in relation to three primary cross-cutting themes: (1) unveiling the dissonance of scientific museums and collections, (2) designing the social sustainability of dissonant heritage, and (3) examining the role of art in addressing dissonance. As evidenced by the essays gathered in this book, eradicating dissonance from our pasts and presents can prove to be an insurmountable task. We can remove statues, abandon buildings, forget paintings, but the painful past will endure. Consequently, dissonant heritage necessitates interpretation that acknowledges the negative emotions experienced by those who lived the dissonance. At the same time, we must remember that narratives of dissonant heritage can be politically manipulated and may fuel revisionist, negationist tendencies. In order to mitigate these risks, interpretation must both expose the propaganda hidden within certain forms of dissonant heritage and uncover the ways in which art can be (ab)used in order to create illusory consensus or even to bolster anti-democratic, supremacist ideologies. In essence, dissonant heritage offers an invaluable opportunity for modern societies to reflect on their values and on their strategies to promote and defend them in a changing and globalized world.

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Battilani, PatriziaUniversità di Bolognahttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0996-4132
Belcastro, Maria GiovannaUniversità di Bolognahttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8932-8509
Kowalski, KrzysztofUniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowiehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2151-4564
Nicolosi, TeresaUniversità di Bolognahttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3357-5340
Bahlawan, NataliaPolska Akademia Nauk
Banaszkiewicz, MagdalenaUniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
Cerulo, ClaudiaUniversità degli Studi di Napoli Federico IIhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5245-1098
Davis, JoshuaKU Leuven
Faltoni, Enrico MariaUniversità di Bologna
González Ruiz, CarlosUniversidad Complutense de Madridhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6326-8184
Gravari-Barbas, MariaUniversité Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonnehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7821-9473
Harris-Sánchez, ÁngelaUniversidad de Granadahttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1763-2501
Hornok, RitaUniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowiehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7659-275X
Jinks, NinaUniversidad Complutense de Madridhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5791-559X
Leech, John PatrickUniversità di Bolognahttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4969-2725
Lefevre, MarikeKU Leuven
Lindsay-Pérez, MónicaThe University of Edinburgh
Manet, MartialUniversité Paris-Saclay/Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Martínez de la Fuente, Julia SaraUniversidad Complutense de Madrid
Masa de Lucas, OlmoUniversidad Complutense de Madrid
Mazzucchelli, FrancescoUniversità di Bolognahttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5804-5939
Medvedeva, KseniaPolska Akademia Naukhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1055-3640
Mickus, FrancisUniversité Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonnehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4742-5906
Mirande, LoanhUniversité Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/Université de Lille
Mota Medina, ÁlvaroUniversidad Complutense de Madridhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4811-7286
Nikody, MarlenaUniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
Piekarska-Duraj, ŁucjaUniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowiehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5784-3832
O’Donohoe Villota, María PaulaUniversidad Complutense de Madridhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2947-0578
Pietrobelli, AnnalisaUniversità di Bolognahttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2558-1118
Ślaga, JoannaMuzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego Collegium Maiushttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1769-1787
Willamowski, EddaMartin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Dissonant Heritage, Museum, Arts, Sustainability
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02 May 2024 09:54
Project name
Una.Futura - Una.Futura
Funding program
European Commission - Erasmus+ Programme’s European Universities Initiative

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