Round-table discussion Heritage in the mobile world
On 3 December 2019 the research-programme group Heritage on the Margins at ZRC SAZU organized a round-table discussion on heritage initiatives established by migrant and minority associations in Ljubljana. In one of such initiative’s lovely setting – Skuhna on Trubarjeva street –, the participants got to know some of the activities in the field of memory and heritage, and discussed urban heritage-making through a deconstruction of mainstream idea of heritage as representing homogenous and bounded communities. Rather, heritage in such a diverse setting as a city must include multiple perspectives and a plurality of voices. Among other topics, we addressed the questions: What impact do these initiatives have in Ljubljana and more widely in Slovenia? What is their message and who are their audiences? Nibbling delicious samosas, sipping Moroccan coffee, and exchanging ideas and experiences, we arrived at a more nuanced understanding of challenges associated with creating inclusive representations of the past and the present, and including groups and individuals not traditionally seen as “heritage makers”.
The round-table discussion was attended by Admir Baltić as the representative of the Bosniac Cultural Union of Slovenia, Gabriela Droga from the Slovenian-Portuguese Friendship Association, Batavia Dalata from Association Terra Vera, Maja Lamberger Khatib, the representative of Association Rozana, Max Zimani, the host and representative of the Global Institute, Danijel Osmanagić, the founder of the portal Zgodovina na dlani (History in the Palm of Your Hand), Natalia Chernova and Julija Mesarič from Association Vesela dRuščina. We were very happy to be joined by researchers from the Faculty of Arts, University of Zagreb Marjeta Rajković Iveta in Sanja Lončar. The discussion was moderated by Martina Bofulin.