Advertisement

Making Feminist Heritage Work: Gender and Heritage

  • Anna Reading

Abstract

In 2012 in western Sydney, Australia, I met up with a group of heritage activists to carry out a ‘docuprotest’ at a derelict site in Parramatta that is Australia’s oldest continuous site of institutional female containment. Ivy covered the windows and the perimeter wall. A noisy colony of fruit bats nested in the eucalyptus trees. Rusted padlocks prevented access to the buildings. We were given a tour of the buildings and grounds by women activists who, as girls, had lived at the site when it was a girls’ orphanage in the 1980s. We took photos and videos to record in situ the stories of the women, as they held up old photos relating to the site, as well as plans, and lists of ‘internees’ that dated back to the 1840s. They described to us the horrendous daily abuse they had themselves survived at the hands of adults and the authorities in the 1980s (see Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project, 2014).

Keywords

Cultural Heritage Child Sexual Abuse Heritage Management Heritage Study English Heritage 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Adams, R. (2010) ‘The New Girl in the Old Boy Network: Elizabeth Esteve-Coll at the Victoria and Albert Museum’ in A. K. Levin (ed.) Gender, Sexuality, and Museums (London: Routledge), pp. 28–42.Google Scholar
  2. Arvin, A. H. (2010) The Linear Heritage of Women (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse).Google Scholar
  3. Bartlett, A., Dever, M. and Henderson, M. (2007) ‘Notes towards an Archive of Australian Feminist Activism’, University of Western Australia, Outskirtsonline Journal, 16, http://www.outskirts.arts.uwa.edu.au/volumes/volume-16/bartlett, accessed 1 August 2013.
  4. Bidwell, N. J.-T. (2012) ‘Extending Connections between Land and People Digitally: Designing with Rural Herero Communities in Namibia’ in E. Giaccardi (ed.) Heritage and Social Media: Understanding Heritage in a Participatory Culture (London: Routledge), pp. 197–216.Google Scholar
  5. Burman, C. T. (2002) ‘Introduction: Material Strategies Engendered’, Gender and History, 14(3), 371–81.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Chidgey, R. (2012) Feminist Memory (Word Press), From a Research Project Looking at Feminist Memory, Media and Archives. http://feministmemory.wordpress.com/links/, accessed 17 February 2013.Google Scholar
  7. Conkey, M. W. (1991) Engendering Archaeology: Women and Prehistory (London: Wiley-Blackwell).Google Scholar
  8. Cote, J. (2009) ‘Post Colonial Shame: Heritage and the Forgotten Pain of Civilian Women Internees in Java’ in K. Reeves and W. Logan (eds) Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with ‘Difficult’ Heritage (London: Routledge), pp. 128–43.Google Scholar
  9. Danilov, V. J. (2005) Women and Museums: A Comprehensive Guide (Lanham, MD: Rowman Altmira).Google Scholar
  10. Economou, M. and Pujol, L. (2007) ‘Educational Tool or Expensive Toy? Evaluating VR Evaluation and Its Relevance for Virtual Heritage’ in Y. E. Kaly, T. H. Kvan and J. Affleck (eds) New Heritage: New Media and Cultural Heritage (London: Routledge), pp. 242–60.Google Scholar
  11. English Heritage (2013) Women’s History. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/discover/people-and-places/womens-history/, accessed 17 February 2013.Google Scholar
  12. Galas, M. M. (1953) ‘Primitive Heritage: An Anthropological Anthology’ in M. Mead, Primitive Heritage: An Anthropological Anthology (New York: Random House), pp. 122–32.Google Scholar
  13. Grigor, T. (2004) ‘Recultivating “Good Taste”: The Early Pahlavi Modernists and Their Society for National Heritage’, Iranian Studies, 37(1), 17–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Grundberg, M. (2012) Theorising Gender in Heritage Studies. http://www.science.gu.se/digitalAssets/1367/1367109_p203-grundberg-women-history-or-gender-integration-.pdf, accessed 1 August 2013.Google Scholar
  15. Harrison, R. (2012) Heritage: Critical Approaches (London: Routledge).Google Scholar
  16. Harvey, D. C. (2001) ‘Heritage Pasts and Heritage Presents: Temporality, Meaning and the Scope of Heritage Studies’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 7(4), 319–38.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (2014) http://www.sitesofconscience.org/, accessed 28 April 2014.
  18. Jacobs, J. (2008) ‘Gender and Collective Memory: Women and Representation at Auschwitz’, Memory Studies, 1(2), 211–25.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Joukowsky, G. M. (2003) Sarah Belzoni. Breaking Ground: Women in Old World Archeology. http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/results.php?d=1&first=Sarah&last=Belzoni, accessed 17 February 2013.Google Scholar
  20. Joukowsky, G. M. (2004) Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists (Michigan: University of Michigan Press).Google Scholar
  21. Joyce, R. A. (1996) ‘The Construction of Gender in Classic Maya Monuments’ in R. P. Wright (ed.) Gender and Archeology (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press), pp. 167–98.Google Scholar
  22. Kremer, K. B. and Mullins, G. W. (1992) ‘Children’s Gender Behaviour at Science Museum Exhibits’, Curator: The Museum Journal, 35(1), 39–48.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Ku, M. C. (2003) Gendered Bodily Performances in Historic Museums. Tourism Recreation Research, 28(2), 13–19.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Levin, A. K. (ed.) (2010) Gender, Sexuality, and Museums (London: Routledge).Google Scholar
  25. Machin, B. (2010) ‘Gender Representation in the Natural History Galleries in the Manchester Museum’ in A. K. Levin (ed.) Gender, Sexuality, and Museums (London: Routledge), pp. 187–200.Google Scholar
  26. Moghadam, V. and Bagheritari, M. (2007) ‘Cultures, Conventions, and the Human Rights of Women: Examining the Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Declaration on Cultural Diversity’, Museum International, 59, 9–18.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. Nelson, S. M. (2004) Gender in Archaeology: Analysing Power and Prestige (Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press).Google Scholar
  28. Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project (2014) http://www.pffpmemoryproject.org, accessed 28 April 2014.
  29. Petry, M. (2010) ‘Hidden Histories: The Experience of Curating a Male Same Sex Exhibition and the Problems Encountered’, in A.K. Kevin (ed.) Gender, Sexuality and Museums: A Routledge Reader (London: Routledge), pp. 151–62.Google Scholar
  30. Pietrobruno, B. (2013) ‘YouTube and the Social Archiving of Intangible Heritage’, New Media and Society, 15(8), 1259–76.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Pollock, G. (2007) Encounters with the Virtual Feminist Museum (London: Routledge).Google Scholar
  32. Porter, G. (1998) ‘Seeing through Solidity: Feminist Perspectives on Museums’ in S. F. Macdonald and G. Fyfe (eds) Theorizing Museums: Representing Identity and Diversity in A Changing World (London: Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 105–26.Google Scholar
  33. Reading, A. (2002) The Social Inheritance of the Holocaust: Gender, Culture and Memory (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Reading, A. (2003) ‘Digital Interactivity in Public Memory Institutions: The Uses of New Technologies in Holocaust Museums’, Media, Culture and Society, 25(1), 67–85.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Reading, A. (2009) ‘Gender and a Right to Memory’, Media Development, 2, 11–15.Google Scholar
  36. Reading, A. (2011) ‘Identity, Memory and Cosmopolitanism: The Otherness of the Past and a Right to Memory?’ European Journal of Cultural Studies, 14(4), 379–94.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  37. Robinson, O. and Barnard, T. (2010) ‘“Thanks, But We’ll Take it From Here” Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women Influencing the Collection of Tangible and Intangible Heritage’ in A. K. Levin (ed.) Gender, Sexuality, and Museums (London: Routledge), pp. 129–36.Google Scholar
  38. Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2014) http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases, accessed 28 April 2014.
  39. Schwarzer, M. (2010) ‘Women in the Temple: Gender and Leadership in Museums’ in A. K. Levin (ed.) Gender, Sexuality, and Museums (London: Routledge), pp. 16–27.Google Scholar
  40. Shortliff, H. (2010) Master’s Thesis: Gender and (World) Heritage: The Myth of a Gender Neutral Heritage. Retrieved from Brandenburg University of Technology: http://www-docs.tu-cottbus.de/whs/public/alumni/master_theses/Shortliffe_Sarah.pdf, accessed 1 August 2013.Google Scholar
  41. Smith, B. C. (2010) ‘A Woman’s Audience: A Case Study of Applied Feminist Theories’ in A. K. Levin (ed.) Gender, Sexuality, and Museums (London: Routledge), pp. 65–70.Google Scholar
  42. Smith, L. (2008) ‘Heritage, Gender and Identity’ in B. Graham and P. Howard (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity (Farnham: Ashgate), pp. 159–79.Google Scholar
  43. Sorensen, S. (2000) Gender Archeology (Oxford: Polity).Google Scholar
  44. Smith, L., Morgan, A. and van der Meer, A. (2003) ‘Community-Driven Research in Cultural Heritage Management: The Waanyi Women’s History Project’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 9(1), 65–80.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  45. Tinagli, P. (1997) Women in Italian Renaissance Art: Gender, Representation and Identity (Manchester: Manchester University Press).Google Scholar
  46. UNESCO (2003a) Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001325/132540e.pdf, accessed 1 August 2013.Google Scholar
  47. UNESCO (2003b) Final Report, Expert Meeting ‘Gender and Intangible Heritage’. http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/doc/src/00125-EN.pdf, accessed 10 October 2014.Google Scholar
  48. Vinson, I. (2007) ‘Editorial: Prospects for Gender Studies in Cultural Heritage’, Museum International, 236, 1–3.Google Scholar
  49. Warner, M. (2000) Monuments and Maidens (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press).Google Scholar
  50. Webmoor, T. (2008) ‘From Silicon Valley to the Valle of Teotihuacan: The “Yahoo!s” of New Media and Digital Heritage’, Visual Anthropology Review, 24(2), 2–18.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  51. Wright, R. (1996) Gender and Archaeology (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Anna Reading 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Reading

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations