All societies have traditions that mark the death of their members. Many have public rituals to keep the memory of the dead alive, individually and collectively, across generations. Some of these traditions appear to remain relatively unchanged over centuries, while others are adapted in relation to different contexts and circumstances. Professor Paul Ashton's presentation will explore the transformation of Australian ways of mourning over the last forty years, through a study of memorials, one particular means by which those who live on commemorate the dead.
Professor Ashton is Professor of Public History at UTS, Co-Director of both the Australian Centre for Public History and the Centre of Creative Practice and Cultural Economy, and Director of UTS Shopfront, a unit that works with community groups. His publications include The Accidental City: Planning Sydney since 1788 and Sutherland Shire: a history. Prof. Ashton is also founding co-editor of the journal Public History Review.
WHERE: Liverpool City Library Gold Room, 170 George Street, Liverpool
WHEN: Thursday 7 May 10:30am-12pm