The influence of colonising European / American imperial powers upon the far-flung reaches of the world not only affected the lives and prospects of those communities and nations which were colonised, but has also left an indelible mark on the landscape. Different built forms became juxtaposed with or replaced the vernacular, just as alien landscapes and infrastructure were introduced to the traditional / indigenous environment. These influences often survived and expanded well into the mid 20th Century before independence arrived for some of the nations affected.
The memory of colonialism is a happy one for some nations and a painful one for others, and the different discourses about colonial heritage reflect the contrasting perspectives of different groups. With time and changing circumstances, the understanding of the tangible and intangible aspects of a place’s cultural heritage offers a way to rethink colonialism and perhaps, to change the perception of colonial heritage within the totality of the cultural heritage of a country.
This stream of the (Un)Loved Modern Conference provides an opportunity to explore and rethink the significance of memories, the impacts of 20th Century colonial heritage legacies, and what they contribute today to those societies.
The papers listed below were presented in this stream.
Colonialism and Nationalism: City Planning in North Shanghai, 1930 – 2008
Andre Van Graan
Rethinking colonial modernism in Cape Town South Africa