Monumental Denial: U.S. cultural memory and white innocence

Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the Phelan US Centre

Auditorium, Centre Building


Professor Laura Pulido

Centennial (Visiting) Professor


Dr Austin Zeiderman

Dr Austin Zeiderman

Associate Professor

In this talk Laura Pulido explores how U.S. cultural memory represents processes of white supremacy and settler colonization.

Based on an analysis of National Historical Landmarks, Laura Pulido found that 92% of all National Landmarks deny histories of white supremacy and settler colonization through various means. She argues that the U.S. engages in monumental denial in order to preserve white innocence, especially in terms of its territorial development. The white nation has historically sought to produce innocence to maintain its moral legitimacy given that the settler state is built on various forms of white supremacy. She examines the multiple ways this denial is manifest and how it aligns with various regional racial and colonial projects.

Meet our speaker and chair

Laura Pulido is Professor and Head of Ethnic Studies and Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon. Professor Pulido is also Centennial Professor at the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE and LSE's Phelan United States Centre. 

Austin Zeiderman is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE. 

More about this event

This event is co-hosted with the LSE Phelan United States Centre.

The Department of Geography and Environment (@LSEGeography) is a centre of international academic excellence in economic, urban and development geography, environmental social science and climate change.

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