The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, anthropology, ethno-archaeology and ethno-history in both Australia and further abroad. Lectures, from a range of talented presenters, are held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the The Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre – 251 Faraday St, Carlton.
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The 2022 lecture series will be presented in-person at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, and online via Zoom. Please note those attending in person will require vaccination certificates to enter the facility.
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Next Lecture: Thursday 16th of June, 2022, @ 6.30pm

Ruins in ethnic-nationalist politics and memory in former-Yugoslavia

Presented by Professor Andrew Dawson
Chair in Social Anthropology, University of Melbourne

Ruins have, as Walter Benjamin observed, a peculiarly oxymoronic quality. They are both symbols of the decay and the ‘remains’ of erstwhile regimes. Drawing on examples of ruins from different eras in former-Yugoslavia – from Ottoman invasion through to the post-World War II Socialism – this short talk illustrates the role of ruins in contemporary ethnic-nationalist politics in former-Yugoslavia, and the capacity of the decay or endurance of those ruins to play a significant role in the transformation of memory. 

Andrew Dawson is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. He is best known for his work on mobilities. His books include Migrants of Identity: Perceptions of Home in a World of Movement, and he was recently awarded the Australian Anthropology Society’s Best Article Award for ‘Driven to sanity: A critique of the senses in automobilities’. He is currently completing projects on monument defacement and public secrecy in the former-Yugoslavia, and on affect and the ‘Red Wall’ in post-industrial England. 


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