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Rising from the ashes

resilience and reconstruction

  • city theatre, Ypres
  • conference

About

One century ago, hundreds of towns and villages in Belgium were destroyed. The First World War had turned the former front zone into a wasteland. Nevertheless Ypres and its surroundings recovered remarkably quickly, as did the rest of the country. The large majority of refugees returned shortly after the Armistice, while new buildings and farmland erased the bombscapes of 1914-1918. The international conference

RISING FROM THE ASHES
resilience and reconstruction in post-conflict situations

discusses the recovery of the Westhoek as a case study in a series of reconstructions. After all, post-war recovery is of all time. This immediately evokes questions at the intersection of past and present: what are the similarities and differences between historical and actual cases? Which elements are crucial to make reconstruction successful? Is social resilience a prerequisite for town and villages to be rebuilt? How do governments and international organizations influence reconstruction? And what were the distinctive characteristics of the reconstruction of the Westhoek after the First World War?

DAY 1
RECONSTRUCTION AS AN INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON
all presentations in English

  • Struggling with symbols after the Great War
    The Reconstruction of Ypres and its Cloth Hall, 1914-1967
    (Dominiek Dendooven)
  • Contemporary challenges for reconstruction heritage
    The case of South-West Flanders (Sofie De Caigny)
  • Power to the people? The state, social resilience and national solidarity
    during post-WWI recovery in Belgium
    (Dries Claeys)
  • In the Aftermath of Disasters
    How Do Communities Decide How to Rebuild?
    (Lucy Arendt)
  • Theorising post-conflict heritage reconstruction
    Rebuilding monuments or resilient societies?
    (Gertjan Plets)
  • Competing Heritage
    Curating the Future Heritage of Post-Conflict Syria
    (Nour Munawar)
  • Realigning the Bridge
    Post-war reconstruction in the context of development in Mostar, B&H
    (Mela Zuljevic)
  • Debate with
    Anita Blom (architectural historian), Wilhelm von Boddien (managing director reconstruction Berlin Palace), Leo Van Broeck (former Flemish Government Architect), Chiara de Cesari (anthrolopogist) and Brendan Cassar (UNESCO Irak)

DAY 2
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE WESTHOEK AFTER WW1: RECENT RESEARCH
all presentations in Dutch

  • Diksmuide risen from the ashes
    (Simon Augustyn)
  • The Reconstruction of Reninge
    (Chris Vandewalle)
  • The reconstruction of Kemmel
    (Koen Baert)
  • Huib Hoste and Modernism
    (Karen Derycke)
  • Colonists of the Westhoek
    (Hilde Verboven)
  • "Tooverwerk"
    The reconstruction of farms in the devastated regions of West Flanders
    (Pol Vanneste)
  • The story of Goliath
    symbol of the return of socio-cultural life in Ypres
    (Hannelore Franck)
  • Ruins repopulated - Ieper 1919-1920
    the great return of the natives?
    (Pieter Trogh)
  • Visit to the exhibitions
    FENIKS (IFFM) en HerSTELLINGEN (YperMuseum)

FULL PROGRAMM with summaries

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where: Town Theater (Stadsschouwburg), Ieper
when: Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February 2021

prices
incl. two coffee breaks and sandwich meal
€25 per day (€20 for students and VIFF members)
€45 for two days (€35 for students and VIFF members)

register

organisation
In Flanders Fields Museum
Interfaculty Centre for Agrarian History (ICAG, KU Leuven)
Universiteit Utrecht, History and Art History Department

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Regulations relating to the COVID19-virus will be observed.
For more information, please contact kenniscentrum@ieper.be
If you wish to stay in Ypres, you can arrange accommodation through toerisme@ieper.be

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