Activist/ Researcher/ Insider/ Outsider: A conversation about fields of work

Vanicka Arora (India, Australia, Nepal), Iida Käyhkö (Finland,UK, Kurdistan), Sarah De Nardi (Italy, Australia, Pakistan)

What if heritage isn’t so much about things, but more about the things we say and do to each other?

What roles do we play in (mis)translating, (mis)representing and (mis)communicating heritage and how might we negotiate these roles?

Who shapes our research agendas and what roles do language play in framing newer understandings of heritage?

What perspectives does working with women as a woman bring to our work? 

An Ongoing Conversation

We attempt to connect multiple threads of ongoing conversations on decolonising heritage, its interpretations and how heritage practices are translated and transformed in different contexts. Referring to our own experiences as activists, researchers, insiders, and outsiders to the ‘field of study’, we put forth a conversation that is not quite linear — because research is rarely linear. We look back to our past experiences in Pakistan, Nepal, UK, Australia, Italy, Finland and Kurdistan, interrogating our own position within our chosen sites of intervention.

We use a virtual pin-board of ideas (a Padlet), images and sometimes unfinished arguments, hoping to draw and redraw new connections within and beyond our research in an ever-widening quest for multiplicity of voice. A conversation across time zones and field sites, this is a dialogue through images, sounds and words. We welcome your thoughts and ‘pins’ and invite you to start discovering new connections of your own!

Join the Conversation!

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On Padlet

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On You Tube

We had an impromptu chat about the Padlet which we have recorded where we go into depth about our observations and experiences and how they inform and transform us. Feel free to leave comments and we will get back to you!


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