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Published on Friday, March 28, 2014


Le double panel « Heritage in/of Exile » présenté par le programme Non-lieux de l’exil (FMSH) et le séminaire « L’expérience de l’exil » (Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH) a été retenu dans le cadre de la seconde conférence de l’Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) qui se tiendra à l’Australian National University de Canberra du 2 au 4 décembre 2014 dans le cadre de la thématique Multiculturalism, migration and diaspora (coordinator John Giblin).



Lampedusa’s ‘Door of Europe’ monument and the Walter Benjamin Memorial in Port Bou, Spain ; the Tenement Museum of New York Lower East Side and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Melbourne Museum ; the California African American Museum and Sigmund Freud’s apartment in Vienna – what do they all have in common ? Similarly, what do share diaspora museums and Natives museums? Although they belong to different categories according to the classification of UNESCO, as well as to different spatial and temporal dimensions, the museums, monuments and memorials also refer to various types of experience in travel and exile – be it individual or collective, internal or external.

However, from a migrant perspective, they almost all match the epistemological structures of the host societies and therefore are reproducing the legal and political patterns through which the migrating subject is named : foreigner ; immigrant ; rootless ; stateless ; refugee ; missing ; vanished ; displaced ; deported, ; clandestine ; excluded ; allien ; border crosser ; non-citizen ; persona non grata, ; boat people, etc. Furthermore, such a classifying system will equally define the migrant’s heritage reception.

The exilic experience which is both a mental and an empirical condition questions the territory-based discourses related to notions of origin and becoming, of autochtony and foreigness, of officiality and unofficiality, of objectivity and affectivity. As an existential kernel for all migrating subjects despite the diversity of exilic and post-exilic itineraries, the exilic experience redifines the actors as much as the contexts, the places and the objects (from artefacts to art works) which take part in its potential heritagization.

This experience includes them in a greater referential system sustained by a wide range of museological, literary, audiovisual, and virtual supports and hosted in private as well as public spaces. Representations of exile are consequently considered in the light of principles of co-existence and multiple belonging.

The heuristic potential of the concept of exile for analysing migratory realities and, on a more general level, for embodying a post-modern human condition also helps to critically address the issue of heritage with its inherent hierarchies and divisions.

From the profusion of consensual representations to the lack of any memory process, the exilic experience could provide a prism with which one could examine the nature of museums, memorials and lieux de mémoire.

In line with the multidisciplinary research done by the ‘Non-lieux de l’exil’ (Non places of exile) programme at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, the proposed panel will gather scholars in heritage studies, migration studies, material culture, anthropology, art history and literary studies in order to discuss the theoretical consequences of switching from the paradigm of migration to the paradigm of exile for an ethical approach of heritage.



  • National University of Australia
    Canberra, Australia


  • Thursday, May 01, 2014

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  • Heritage, exil, Exile, mémoire, patrimoine, lieux de mémoire, musées, migrations, immigrations, expérience de l'exil


  • Alexandra Galitzine
    courriel : alexandra [dot] galitzine-loumpet [at] inalco [dot] fr

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  • Alexandra Galitzine
    courriel : alexandra [dot] galitzine-loumpet [at] inalco [dot] fr


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