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“Building back stronger?” Robustness, Resilience and Regeneration in Post-Earthquake Heritage Making in Nepal

10:15 - 11:45
Online via Zoom
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We invite everybody who is interested to join us for the next talk in the Shaping Asia: Heritage 2021/2022 lecture series. 

The next lecture given by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, Universität Heidelberg

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Abstract of the talk – “Building back stronger?” Robustness, Resilience and Regeneration in Post-Earthquake Heritage Making in Nepal.
Besides the slogan ‘We are survivors, not victims’, ‘building back strong’ was another muchheard
phrase raised in the aftermath of the dramatic earthquakes in Nepal 2015. With
reconstruction, still ongoing, debates about the ‘liveable city’ started. Both tangible and
intangible heritage played a vital role in this, as source of hope and belonging, but also as a
discursive reference point for the shaping of a ‘new Nepal‘, and ideas of a strong societal
fabric. Urban planning and earthquake display how a city can respond to dramatic
transformations, but also how a city habitat is a remarkably complex assemblage of social,
economic, cultural but also transnational and historical connectivities and disconnectivities.
It is in the microworlds of everyday life and experiences that robustness, the relation between
fragility and stability, can be studied, whereas fragility must also be seen in a positive light.
As communities are often built around and in relation to places, and since heritage is key for
this, the talk’s focus will lie on robustness. How can cities and their populations retain a
vibrant urban culture today? How can cities and their populations cope with economic,
political, or social transformations that have speeded up and intensified life as they face
quite extreme conditions of environmental change and social inequality, among other
Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius teaches urban, visual and media anthropology at the Heidelberg
Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Her field research is based in Nepal (Kathmandu
Valley) and India (New Delhi). Prof. Brosius is co-director of the Nepal Heritage
Documentation Project (NHDP, funded by Arcadia, London) and is PI in the international
network ‘Heritage as Placemaking’ (Rijksbanken Jubileumsfond, Sweden), with colleagues in
Nepal, India and the UK. From 2014-2017. With Prof. Dr. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, she is the
head of the Shaping Asia Initiative. Prof. Brosius published India’s Middle Class. New Forms of
Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity (Routledge 2010, reprint with additional
introduction 2014), and conceptualised Breaking Views. Engaging Art in post-earthquake
Nepal (Kathmandu Himal Books/Social Science Baha, 2017), with Sanjeev Maharjan.

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  • Veranstalter: Fakultät für Soziologie
  • Ort: Online via Zoom
  • Zeit: 21.01.2022, 10:15 - 11:45
  • Zielgruppe: Lehrende und Forschende, Studierende, Wiss. Nachwuchs
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