School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Event Item

Putting Monuments in Their Place by Professor Dell Upton

Date/Time: Wednesday 20 March 2019 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.01, King Edward VII Building, Newcastle University

In recent years, monuments have become sites of struggle in many parts of the world. As emblems of ethnic, nationalist, and governmental ideologies, they have borne the brunt of resentment as those ideologies break down. Attempts to understand such controversies customarily treat monuments as self-contained artifacts. Yet monuments have a setting, and in many cases they act to annotate those spaces, articulating their larger purposes. This was especially true in the U.S. South, where Confederate monuments were erected as part of an urbanizing social, economic, and political movement known as the New South, but these are only the most conspicuous examples where the siting of monuments has been as contentious as their imagery. My talk will focus on monuments as components of urban settings, particularly but not exclusively Confederate monuments, and the implication of their contexts for discussions of their disposition.

Dell Upton is an influential historian of architecture, material culture, and cities, focusing both on the United States and on the global scene. A resident this spring at the American Academy in Rome, Professor Upton is the recipient of several fellowships and grants, and was recognized as a fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2015. His multiple award winning books include What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift and Monument Building in the Contemporary South (2015), Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic (2008), Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia (1986); and Madaline: Love and Survival in Antebellum New Orleans (1996) as well as Architecture in the United States (1998), a volume in the Oxford History of Art series, a key reference for students of the built environment in the USA. 

Lectures are free to attend and open to all, please complete the booking form to reserve your place.