Gangs/ ter /ism History & REPRESENTATION. Katharina Fink, MA University of Bayreuth, Germany [email protected] the Setting. the Achievements. the Network. the Way. the Future. the City of Bayreuth and its University. Bayreuth. Berlin. U niversity and festival city
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History & REPRESENTATION
the City of Bayreuth and its University
What is history,
what is heritage?
“Backdoors” to history:
Gangs in Westbury>
Shawn Constant & Local Studio
their challenges II
With Michael Abrahams
Photographer from Westbury
Close Up History.
Sophiatown, history & all that jazz
Gangs/ter/ism & museums:
Musealizingthe Past &
History in the museum.
Gangs/ter/ism & the archive
Archives II: Case Study
WE ARE HERE.
the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter
– African Proverb
“God alone knows the future, but only an historian can alter the past.” Ambrose Bierce
“the young have fantasies about the future but the old have fantasies about the past”. David Hare from “Berlin/Wall”
X writing (in) ‘history’
X writing about ‘history’
AS IN POLITICAL REPRESENTATION---- ‘VERTRETUNG’
With which images/intentions?
With which images/intentions?
Who talks about it with whom?
How is it read/ embedded/ …?
“So what we see is that the mass media, film, TV, all of these things, are powerful vehicles for maintaining the kinds of systems of domination we live under, imperialism, racism, sexism etc. Often there’s a denial of this and art is presented as politically neutral, as though it is not shaped by a reality of domination.”bell hooks, Reel To Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies
British soldiers in Afghanistan, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/05/two-british-soldiers-killed-helmand
“Gangs are defined in many ways, and most definitions have similar components. One common definition of a gang is a group of three or more individuals who engage in criminal activity and identify themselves with a common name or sign.”
“Secondly, given the marginalisation of the members, violence offers a quick and easy method to level the social playing field, to make an impression on an otherwise indifferent society, to gain social approval (from fellow members), and to obtain power and pleasure. “
“Unfortunately, legislation alone will not be able to deal with the problems of gangs. What is needed, is an holistic approach, socio-economic development and a crime prevention programme that incorporates rehabilitation for those who wish to turn away from gang activities. History has shown that the battle against gangs is also the battle of ideas and resources. If the hearts and minds of Western Cape communities cannot be diverted from a selective criminal morality to a more inclusive and caring one, the gangs will succeed in winning the marginalised sections far easier than may be imagine.”” I. Kinnes: THE FUTURE, GANGS AND SOCIETY. Published in Monograph No 48, From urban street gangs to criminal empires: The changing face of gangs in the Western Cape, June 2000. Online at: http://www.iss.co.za/pubs/MONOGRAPHS/No48/TheFuture.html
“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”
Neil Gaiman(thanks to ever/great dream hampton for posting.)