Port Arthur: Heritage, Home, Haven or Horror?

Harrington, Jane and Sullivan, Sharon (2008) Port Arthur: Heritage, Home, Haven or Horror? In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper explores the way in which places and senses mutually create/recreate each other. Emphasis is placed on how places are experienced, but are also created through conceptualisation and imagining: place is not only the physicality of being ‘here’, but also imagined through layers of memories, often of other places, and sometimes grounded in the memory of others. Specific reference is made to the Port Arthur Historic Site, which is conceptualised variously as convict heritage place (World Heritage nominated), community place, tragedy place and tourism place. The paper applies theoretical approaches combining philosophical and anthropological understandings of space and place, which explicate the multi-vocality of landscapes that enmesh people, place and time. It is shown that spirit and place become embedded in a flow of power and negotiation of social relations that are rendered in the physicality of tangible elements and the embodiment of imagination, memories and symbolic attributions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Harrington, JaneUNSPECIFIED
Sullivan, SharonUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: convict site; penal; memory; spirit of place; intangible heritage; World Heritage List; landscape
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 11. Historic landscapes
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania, Australia
UNESCO WHC Number: 1306
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 15:50
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:11
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