October presentation: The Impact of Disasters on Cultural and Natural Heritage and How We Commemorate Them

Lise Sorensen

Please join us on Thursday October 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Guinea Company Warehouse on Company Street in Christiansted (Click for Map).

In this presentation, Lise Sorensen will outline the objectives of her PhD project which explores memory and identity constructions in commemorative activities and discourses of heritage in St. Croix against the backdrop of the Transfer Centennial and the disaster situation of hurricanes Irma and Maria. She will offer a critical discussion of her key terms of commemoration, memory, heritage, and disaster. Addressing the topic of preservation of heritage in times of disaster, the presentation will also discuss how disasters may impact social and political identity, and how disasters are socially constructed, interpreted and commemorated.
Lise Sorensen is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Oxford. She is currently doing fieldwork in St. Croix.  Her project explores memory and identity constructions in commemorative activities and discourses of heritage in St. Croix.  Before coming to Oxford to study Anthropology, Lise was teaching in Greenland, another former Danish colony.  Learning about Greenlandic history and society on a day-to-day basis triggered her decision to study Anthropology and her wish to learn more about colonial history.  Lise brings to her anthropological studies a keen interest in the Atlantic world from her previous research on transatlantic literature. She has contributed essays on Scottish Enlightenment representations of Native Americans and the transatlantic literary genre of the captivity narrative to the CUP volumes, The Indian Atlantic and Transatlantic Literary Studies, 1660-1830.