Placial Memory as Shared Re-membering: An Existential-phenomenological Reading for Heritage Conservation

By Fontaine Liu.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper contemplates the theme of placial memory in heritage conservation. It provides an existential-phenomenological conceptualisation of placial memory as human shared re-membering ‘in’ place: pointing out the inherent multiplicity of mnemonic re-collection, and calling for open and non-exclusive participation in conserving this living heritage. A short case example on conservation of a cultural heritage site is used as illustration. The paper further explores what it terms, the ‘art of circumspective forgetting’, with a view to providing common ground for ‘letting-be’ placial memory in its ontological multiplicity.

Keywords: Heritage Conservation, Living Heritage, Place Memory, Multiplicity, Shared Remembering, Open Participation, Non-exclusive Participation, Circumspective Forgetting, Let-be

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 605.935KB).

Dr Fontaine Liu

PhD Research Candidate, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Fontaine is presently a PhD research candidate in heritage conservation at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney, Australia. She holds degrees in Master of Heritage Conservation (Honours), University of Sydney, Australia, 2005; Master of Business Administration (Accountancy), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 1992; and Bachelor of Accountancy, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1984. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Singapore and a Member of Forum UNESCO-University and Heritage Network. Her academic honours include Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, 2006-2009; Faculty Supplementary Research Scholarship, 2006-2009; Research Prize, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney, 2009, 2008 & 2007; Postgraduate Research Support Funding for Conference Presentation, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney, 2007; Rodney Connors Prize for Conservation Studies, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2006; Dean’s Honour’s List, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2005, 2004; Major Assignment Prize in Development Finance, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2005; Public Service Commission Local Merit Scholarship, Singapore, 1981; Ministry of Education Pre-U Scholarship, Singapore, 1979; and Prime Minister’s Book Prize, Singapore, 1975. Prior to her current academic undertaking, she has had extensive working experience in various industry sectors. Her academic works include previous publications and associate editorships in this journal.

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