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Curated Ruins and the Endurance of Conflict Heritage

Moshenska, G; (2015) Curated Ruins and the Endurance of Conflict Heritage. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites , 17 (1) pp. 77-90. 10.1179/1350503315Z.00000000095. Green open access

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Abstract

Architectural ruins created by bombing, artillery, and fire are a common feature of post-conflict urban and extra-urban environments, serving as stark reminders of the material impact of warfare and violence. Over time most of these ruins are either restored, demolished, or reclaimed by nature. This paper examines another, more unusual category: sites that are carefully maintained in a freshly ruined state, suggesting that their destruction was more recent than it actually was. These sites — most often configured as memorials — raise interesting questions about memorialization, conflict heritage, authenticity, ethics, and whether or not there is a ‘natural’ lifespan or lifecycle for architectural ruins. To illustrate this argument I will draw on case studies of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, and the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane in France.

Type: Article
Title: Curated Ruins and the Endurance of Conflict Heritage
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1179/1350503315Z.00000000095
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1350503315Z.00000000095
Language: English
Additional information: This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 3.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/3.0
Keywords: Conflict heritage, conservation, cultural capital, Dresden, Oradour-sur-Glane, war memorials
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470586
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