Performing Imaginary Healings: The post- conflict heritage of Ebrington Barracks

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The name Derry- Londonderry in Northern Ireland attests to how its identity and
heritage remain contested: a key example of dissonant heritage in a historically
divided city. As part of an ongoing peace process following the 1998 Belfast Agreement, the remapping of the urban landscape has been undertaken through the regeneration of key parts of the built environment and specific initiatives to reimage the city. These were given added impetus by the designation of the city as the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013 to project an image of a city whose historic divisions had been healed. This chapter examines how the site of the former Ebrington military barracks has been transformed to support this process.
I am concerned with how a variety of forms of performance have engendered a
new spatial imaginary, ‘constituted through the lived experiences, perceptions and conceptions of space itself ’ (Wolford 2004 : 410), within which the ethno- religious divisions of the city’s past are healed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Heritage in Divided Cities
Subtitle of host publicationContested Pasts
EditorsMirjana Ristic, Sybille Frank
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780429460388
ISBN (Print)9781138624863
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 4 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameKey Issues in Cultural Heritage


  • Heritage/Cultural Tourism
  • post-conflict heritage
  • performance and heritage


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