The BAM! Sistahood! Project, in partnership with the Angelou Centre and Breeze Creatives, are hosting a series of seminars that focus on Black and Minority women's contribution to the social, cultural and political landscape of the North East. Over the course of three seminars we will discuss and further unravel key questions about heritage and how it is constructed and often mythologised and the part it has to play in the complex identities of individuals, families, communities, cities, regions and nations. The seminars aim to raise essential questions about heritage and culture in these rapidly changing and often politically fragile times.
Seminar 2: Disrupting the Heritage Narrative: Untold stories or subjugated histories?
Who creates heritage? Who writes the heritage narratives? Who are the mythmakers and the promoters of 'cultural heritage'? Who owns the heritage industry? There are so many questions in relation to our understandings of 'heritage', its meaning, production and promotion. For example the North East is often seen to have a clearly defined working class heritage often based on its industrial past and the men who forged (and were often exploited) by these industries. However such heritage narratives often exclude the voices of women, black and minority communities and LGBTQI and non-gender binary people.
In this seminar we will ask whether Black and Minority women's heritage can ever truly 'fit into' these narratives or whether it is time to disrupt the North East's heritage narrative and to explore different ways of researching and promoting 'marginalised' histories that have often been supressed and misrepresented.
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