Sunken Heritage: Disasters, Dissonance and Conflict

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‘Dissonant Heritage’ is a relatively new concept proposed by Tunbridge and Ashworth (1996) to draw attention to heritage where there is discord or conflict and contest and lack of agreement in the way that the past is represented. As such, dissonant heritage it is a concept appealing to a number of disciplines from history and anthropology to geography, tourism studies, indigenous studies, property law, and cultural studies. It also links to the popularity of ‘dark tourism’ studies, and to the memorialisation of the past in contested times, spaces and identities – all of which are very much ‘live’ issues in Northern Ireland.In the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, this colloquium seeks to explore the complex and contested heritage of people and place, asking key questions such as: How is heritage lost and regained? What is its relationship with disaster, disagreement and dystopia? How is heritage contested, challenged, ‘darkened’, written over and written across, and made subaltern? This colloquium brings together leading scholars on the topic of 'sunken heritage', to facilitate an enjoyable environment in which they can present and explore their research - all with an eye towards a publication of the proceedings.
Period13 Sept 2012
Event typeConference
Locationbelfast, United KingdomShow on map


  • heritage
  • memory
  • history
  • sociology
  • anthropology
  • war
  • drama
  • trauma