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Occupying the Pedestal: cultural heritage, protest, and the law

Hosted by the Department of Law

Online public event

Speakers

Dr Tatiana Flessas

Dr Tatiana Flessas

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones

Dr Sarah Keenan

Dr Sarah Keenan

Dr Luke McDonagh

Dr Luke McDonagh

Chair

Dr Siva Thambisetty

Dr Siva Thambisetty

This event explores the controversies around removing statues, constructing and reconstructing ‘heritage’, and protesting received ways of deciding what is commemorated, and what is not. 

The speakers will examine the conflicts around the intellectual and cultural rethinking of public spaces and statues in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, the re-sacralization of Hagia Sofia/Aya Sofra, ongoing discussions about the ‘Fourth Plinth’ in Trafalgar Square, the caves at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia, and other examples. The event will involve a discussion of what it means to decide what, or whom, gets placed on a pedestal in a landscape in which heritage, and the investments in heritage, are shifting.

Tatiana Flessas holds a BA in Philosophy from Wellesley College, a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LLM and PhD from the London School of Economics. Before joining the LSE, she practiced law in the US and taught at the University of Reading School of Law. Her research interests are in cultural property and heritage law, law and social theory, and law and literature. 

Jonathan Jones is a British art critic who has written for The Guardian since 1999. He has appeared in the BBC television series Private Life of a Masterpiece and in 2009 was a judge for the Turner Prize. He has also been a judge for the BP Portrait Award.

Sarah Keenan (@sarahjkeenan) completed her BA/LLB(Hons) at the Australian National University and her PhD at the University of Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality. She has worked as the associate for Justice Margaret Wilson of the Supreme Court of Queensland and as a solicitor at Prisoners' Legal Service before coming to academia. She has previously held academic posts at SOAS and the University of Oxford Brookes.

Luke McDonagh (@DrLukeMcDonagh) joined the Law Department at LSE n 2020. He undertakes research in the areas of Intellectual Property Law and Constitutional Law. Prior to taking up his position at LSE he was a Senior Lecturer at City, University of London (2015-2020), a Lecturer at Cardiff University (2013-2015) and LSE Fellow (2011-13). Luke holds a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (2011), an LL.M from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2006-7) and a B.C.L. degree from NUI, Galway (2002-05). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Siva Thambisetty (@SivaThambisetty) joined LSE in 2004 prior to which she was lecturing at University College London. She holds degrees from the National Law School of India and the University of Oxford where she completed the two-year BCL and DPhil (Exeter College). Dr Thambisetty was LSE’s Regional Champion for India during 2011-13 and is on the school’s South Asia Centre’s Faculty Advisory Board. She was a visiting fellow at Imperial College, London 2011-12. Dr Thambisetty was external examiner for the IP Diploma on Intellectual Property Rights, University of Oxford (2013-2017). She is currently a member of the Research Staff Committee and Research Ethics Committee. She has contributed to the law faculty’s efforts towards the Athena Swan Equality Charter Mark.

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Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEHeritage

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This online public event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required.

Registration will open after 10am via Zoom on Thursday 15 October.

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This event will be webcast live on the LSE website on LSE LIVE

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