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Reclaiming post-disaster narratives of loss in Indonesia

Rico, T; (2019) Reclaiming post-disaster narratives of loss in Indonesia. International Journal of Heritage Studies 10.1080/13527258.2018.1552612. (In press). Green open access

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In this paper I examine discursive and practical approaches to heritage preservation that follow the destruction of cultural heritage as a result of a natural disaster. Referring to post-tsunami reconstructions in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, between the years of 2006 and 2011, I argue that the remedial work that ‘post-disaster’ heritage preservation is asked to do following natural disasters involves an irreconcilable deployment of two opposite ontologies: heritage as a subject of preservation activity is either loyal to a set of heritage values that have already been articulated historically (that is, pre-disaster); or heritage is forced to become untethered from historical values in order to perform the functions of documenting and communicating contemporary (post-disaster) concerns with future wellbeing. At the heart of this issue, I argue, is the resistance of heritage preservation practices to acknowledge heritage value as temporally, socially, historically and politically constructed.

Type: Article
Title: Reclaiming post-disaster narratives of loss in Indonesia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2018.1552612
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2018.1552612
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Post-disaster, heritage at risk, monument, agency, temporality
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069128
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