Race, Place, and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary Budapest

Free public event, Thursday, March 26, 2015
Legacy Art Gallery & Cafe, 630 Yates Street
Doors Open at 7:00pm
Lecture Begins at 7:30pm


Part of The City Talks Spring 2015 series on Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City, sponsored by the UVic Committee for Urban Studies and the European Union Centre of Excellence

Ken Foote, Professor and Department Head, Department of Geography, University of Connecticut

The focus of my presentation is the way sites of the Holocaust, racial oppression, and political violence have been memorialized in Budapest’s cityscape. 

Some sites have developed into major memorials, while others remain almost invisible. My interest is exploring the public, often highly political debates surrounding these sites and why they have been treated so differently. In part the debates revolve around race, violence and political repression, but they also raise even larger issues about how many events of the twentieth century are remembered and commemorated, from the First World War through the fall of communism in 1989 and beyond. The complexities of memory and meaning are particularly acute in nations like Hungary with complex political histories that spill across national borders.

Run by the Committee for Urban Studies at the University of Victoria, The City Talks is a free public lecture series featuring distinguished scholars drawn from the University of Victoria, across Canada, and beyond. Co-sponsored by the European Union Centre of Excellence, the theme for the Spring 2015 series is Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City.

The lectures last an hour and a half, including a question and answer session with the author.

For more information, please visit www.TheCityTalks.ca

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