School’s Out! #30 Robert Bevan

Lezing / Debat

For the first School’s Out! of 2023, we’ve invited journalist, author and heritage consultant Robert Bevan, to talk about his latest book “Monumental Lies – Culture Wars and the Truth about the Past” on how statues, heritage and cities have become the battleground for the culture wars.

The past is weaponised in culture wars and cynically edited by those who wish to impose their ideology upon the physical spaces around us. Holocaust deniers use details of the ruins of the gas chambers Auschwitz to promote their lies: ‘No Holes; No Holocaust’. Yet long-standing concepts such as ‘authenticity’ in heritage are undermined and trivialised by gatekeepers such as UNESCO. At the same, time, opposition to this manipulation is being undermined by cultural ideas that prioritise memory and impressions over history and facts.

Next to this talk, you can expect drinks, bites and a short movie handpicked by AFFR curator Jord den Hollander. Doors open at 18:00, lecture starts at 19:00. Tickets available for 5 euro.

27 January 2023 – Independent School for the City

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