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Ritualizing and Social Argument with Professor Ruth Smith

Philosophy - Lecture/Discussion

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Campus Center
Mid Century room

ABSTRACT: The London Cenotaph, the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, the walkways of Sarajevo, Cambodian anti-genocide memorials offer locations in which to consider shifts in public ritualizing. Marking the losses from violent conflict, modern, early modern and postmodern displays of abstraction, iteration, and materializing demonstrate and displace each other. At one time considered primitive, deceptive and non-rational, ritual now appears with more to say among ways people address a society, or wish to, exercising international and regional reference. Well consider the memorial sites in their gestures of argument and elaboration, as questions of how to mourn entangle with unresolved matters of deep disagreement and with desires for expressive public space.

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult, Elders

E-mail: huaweb@wpi.edu

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