Session 2: September 29, 6-8PM
Theme: Memorials
Presenter: Tonya Davidson (Carleton)
Title: Stone bodies in the City: Monuments, memory, and belonging in the national capital:
Location: Museum of Nature

As a sociologist, my interest in monuments is in their social lives. I am interested at what happens to them, with them, after they have been unveiled. In the context of the national capital city, the lives of monuments—acts  of defacement, wreath laying, removal, indifference— can all be read as indexes to broader social feelings about nationhood and belonging.  In this walk and talk, beginning at the National War Memorial (meeting outside of D’Arcy McGee’s), we will explore how monuments allow for the generation of multiple sets of memories, nostalgia, and resistances to narratives of nation. We will visit monuments along Elgin Street, discussing the Oscar Peterson statue, the monuments in Confederation Park, the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, and Enclave: The Women’s Monument.

Tonya Davidson teaches Sociology at Carleton University.

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