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The memorialisation of ‘excluded’ groups in Washington D.C

Author(s): Emma L Login

Year: 2013

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Growing multiculturalism in many cities has resulted in rising concerns over the shared historical narratives of their inhabitants; particularly in relation to past conflicts. Increasingly groups have spoken out against perceived exclusion from dominant conflict narratives. This paper seeks to understand the ways in which groups exert their claim on past conflicts through the urban environment, specifically through processes of war memorialisation. Examples in Washington D.C. comprise both new monuments including the African American Civil War Memorial and the appropriation of existing memorials such as the Native American Veterans Memorial Initiative. This research seeks to understand these memorial processes within the wider discourse of changing relationships with the past; in particular the growing demands for collective apologies and for signs of a past that has been suppressed. Building on wider archaeological themes relating to inclusion it seeks to understand the construction and use of these memorials by varied interest groups.


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The memorialisation of ‘excluded’ groups in Washington D.C. Emma L Login. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428274)


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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America