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Labour, Mobility and Heritage

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Regular session
9:00, Lundi 6 Juin 2016 (3 heures 30 minutes)
Heritage Changes the Local SocietiesIndustrial Heritage
Heritage changes the local societiesheritage and mobilityPost-colonial heritageGlobal vs local
Recent writing in heritage studies and related disciplines has highlighted the stories and histories of working class people as an overlooked and, at times, marginalized element of the collective heritage imaginary and authorized heritage discourses (Klubock and Fontes 2009; Shackel, Smith and Campbell 2011). The heritage of work has the potential to generate powerful and at times difficult engagements with places where the nature of employment, industry and life have changed as a result of development and economic restructuring. An element of these dynamics that has not received much attention from scholars of heritage, however, is the need for people to move to earn a living. Unequal economic opportunities across scales—from the global and transnational, to the regional, to the local—incite and implicate a range of mobilities, from temporary and circular migration, to periodic absences from the home and extended daily commutes. Approaching this reality through a heritage lens may entail the destabilization of places and sites as the locus of heritage-making, opening the possibility of approaches that privilege the lived experience of workers with simultaneous and at times contradictory place attachments. As the literature on “new mobilities” has shown, mobility is an increasingly pervasive feature of economic and social life in the 21st century, but it has a history that is at times forgotten, diminished or misrepresented. Individual and community stories of the uprooting of lives, relationships and attachments to place and home that inevitably accompany work-related mobility are often held in private, as are the challenges associated with living and working in uncertain, precarious and at times unwelcoming arrangements and conditions.
The principal aim of this session is to provide a basis for the generation of understandings of the heritage of mobility related to labour, work and employment. The focus will be to engage with the lived experiences of workers by sharing the stories of individuals and communities affected by mobile work. Moreover, the inclusion of papers treating various forms of work-related mobility will permit a broader discussion on how heritage could be conceptualized in research that privileges mobility (although not a privileged mobility). The session will also encourage participants to consider creative and inclusive methods for representing and rendering visible the intersection of mobility and heritage. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Dr Lachlan Barber


Sous sessions

9:00 - 9:30 | 30 minutes

To contribute to a better understanding of the heritage of mobility related to labour, work and employment, this paper will focus on how mobile work had been employed historically. It pays attention to communities affected by work-related mobility in a particular context—prisons—and how memories about their movements are represented in the making of prisons into heritage. With a focus on prisons as a unique setting, it will argue, however, that a reflection on the ways in which labour has ...

Shu-Mei Huang

9:00 - 9:30 | 30 minutes

Just before six o’clock on Sunday evening, November 10, 1940, the bow of the MV Golden Dawn collided with the MV Garland, throwing its passengers into the frigid waters of Conception Bay. At the time of this tragic accident, the two ferries were traveling in opposite directions between the large island of Newfoundland and the smaller Bell Island five kilometres distant, when a sudden snow squall obscured the boats’ lights. There were few survivors from the Garland. Some of those who perish...

Sharon Roseman

9:00 - 9:30 | 30 minutes

This paper will develop a critical living heritage of labour and mobility. Heritage, in its various manifestations, has often depended upon the assumption of place, nation, and identity as stable categories. In these formulations, formal tangible heritage, such as monuments, buildings, sites, and landscapes, may serve to reflect and reinforce deeply-seeded, often exclusionary ideas about what bounded territories represent. Scholarship in a number of different disciplinary traditions has wo...

9:00 - 9:30 | 30 minutes

In 1909, Newfoundland’s first pulp and paper mill was opened at Grand Falls by the British newspaper magnate Alfred Harmsworth. Virtually overnight pulpwood was heralded as a modernizing force for Newfoundland. As a consequence of this new industry, Newfoundland’s first domestic migratory labour force was also created. Each winter fishermen left settlements along Newfoundland’s coast to cut and haul pulpwood in remote work camps across the island’s interior, returning each spring to partic...

Dustin Valen

9:00 - 9:30 | 30 minutes

Cette présentation s’appuie entre autres sur l’ouvrage « Patrimoine textiles de par le monde » et sur trois villes européennes répertoriées sous la rubrique « le coton en ville ». En premier, Lodz, le plus grand complexe textile du pays avec des industries qui datent pour l’essentiel des dernières décennies du XIXème siècle et qui connaissent aujourd’hui des plans importants de rénovation. Deuxième, Manchester, la première ville au monde à avoir été industrialisée, d’abord avec l’industrie...

Pascale Nachez

9:00 - 9:30 | 30 minutes

In Asessippi-Parkland, in Manitoba’s central-west, as elsewhere on the Canadian prairies, local history is often relayed through the trials and tribulations of early European settlement. Beginning in the mid-eighteenth century, marking the genesis of the Canadian colonial project in the west, this history is that of perseverance and determination in the face of considerable hardship, and of family and community solidarity tempered by a steadfast individualism. These histories, of course, d...

Catherine Bryan


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