The New Nomadic Age - Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration - Yannis Hamilakis

The New Nomadic Age - Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration - Yannis Hamilakis

“Heritage on Exile”: Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of Heritage Organizations towards Those Affected by Forced Migration

The New Nomadic Age - Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration - Yannis Hamilakis

John Schofield [+-]
University of York
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John Schofield is Head of the Archaeology Department, University of York, having previously spent 21 year with English Heritage. John has published extensively on archaeoloogies of recent conflict, cultural heritage and the archaeology of the contemporary past. He co-authored After Modernity with Rodney Harrison (OUP, 2010) and co-edited A Fearsome Heritage: Diverse Legacies of the Cold War with Wayne Cocroft (Left Coast Press, 2007). He is currently conducting research in Berlin and Malta.

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It can be suggested that today we live in a new nomadic age, an age of global movement and migration. For the majority of people on earth, however, especially from the global south, crossing national borders and moving from the global south to the global north is risky, perilous, often lethal. Many are forced or compelled to migrate due to war, persecution, or the structural violence of poverty and deprivation. The phenomenon of forced and undocumented migration is one of the defining features of our era. And while the topic is at the centre of attention and study in many scholarly fields, the materiality of the phenomenon and its sensorial and mnemonic dimensions are barely understood and analysed. In this regard, contemporary archaeology can make an immense contribution. This book, the first archaeological anthology on the topic, takes up the challenge and explores the diverse intellectual, methodological, ethical, and political frameworks for an archaeology of forced and undocumented migration in the present. Matters of historical depth, theory, method, ethics and politics as well as heritage value and public representation are investigated and analysed, adopting a variety of perspectives. The book contains both short reflections and more substantive treatments and case studies from around the world, from the Mexico-USA border to Australia, and utilizes a diversity of narrative formats, including several photographic essays.

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Schofield, John. “Heritage on Exile”: Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of Heritage Organizations towards Those Affected by Forced Migration. The New Nomadic Age - Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 184-191 Nov 2018. ISBN 9781781797112. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34653. Date accessed: 21 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34653. Nov 2018

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