Join the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies and University Lectures Committee as we welcome Derek Alderman, Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee Knoxville to campus on Tuesday, October 4th. Alderman is one of the most active and engaged cultural geographers currently working on issues of race, social justice and memory in the U.S. Alderman will speak on “Contested Places: Race, Heritage Tourism, and Geographies of Memory” at 4:30 PM in Gailor Auditorium.
As a campus with a demonstrated commitment to place-based studies, this is a good opportunity to be reminded that the term place may be so popular because it appears at first glance to be an empty signifier — all things to all people.
Beyond the often-heard claims of authenticity, localism, nostalgia, stewardship and belonging, place is also contested, negotiated, just as open to debate as it is to consensus. Derek Alderman explores place and memory from all of these perspectives and examines their relationships with dynamics of social, economic and political power.
Hope to see you and lots of students at the talk!
“Contested Places: Race, Heritage Tourism, and Geographies of Memory”
Tuesday, October 4, 2016