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On memory, affect and atonement : the Long Tan memorial cross(es)

Witcomb, Andrea 2012, On memory, affect and atonement : the Long Tan memorial cross(es), Historic environment, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 35-42.

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Title On memory, affect and atonement : the Long Tan memorial cross(es)
Author(s) Witcomb, Andrea
Journal name Historic environment
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 35
End page 42
Total pages 8
Publisher Australia ICOMOS
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0726-6715
Keyword(s) memory
affect
Long Tan Memorial
Summary This article analyses the history of the Long Tan Memorial in Vietnam in order to open up a space for engaging with the memorialisation of war as something that can go beyond nationalistic sentimentality and create a space for more complex political and social engagements. In doing so I am concerned with exploring the value of an approach to heritage significance that prioritises relationships between places and peoples rather than authenticity and originality. I explore this question by making use of the fact that the Australian War Memorial has borrowed the original Long Tan Cross now in the custodianship of the Dong Nai Museum for a special exhibition to commemorate the Vietnam War. The Australian Vietnam Volunteers Reconstruction Group, who has official custodianship of the replica cross at the Long Tan Memorial site in Vietnam, has expressed disquiet over the loan. I use the Acting Director’s reply to the AVVRG’s Chairman to open up a discussion about the differences in meanings between these two crosses, what underlies these and how we might theorise them in order to open up an understanding of war heritage that recognises its potentials and its limitations.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio Economic Objective 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, Australia ICOMOS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051218

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