Sites in the imagination: The Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial on the Somme
Gough, P. (2004) Sites in the imagination: The Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial on the Somme. Cultural Geographies, 11 (3). pp. 235-258. ISSN 1474-4740
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/1474474003eu306oa
Refereed journal paper. Based on site visits to northern France, fieldwork, interviews with custodians and visitors, and extensive analysis of documentation held in regional archives of Veteran Affairs at St John's, Newfoundland. Builds on research funded by British Council and Canadian universities (Wilfred Laurier) and on primary research carried out at the invitation of Queen's University, Ontario, and the National War Museum, Ottawa. Developing his work into landscapes of trauma and recovery, Gough examines one of the most celebrated 'preserved' battlefields in northern Europe where Newfoundland, Canadian, Scottish and British imperial associations compete for commemorative prominence. Gough's work in this area of colonial geo-politics resulted in invitations to conduct further fieldwork in France and Canada. The original paper has become a set text on a number of north American graduate courses including: The University of British Columbia Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Spring 2006. Further invitations to publish on this topic have resulted in 'Contested Memories: Contested site: Newfoundland and its unique heritage on the Western Front' in Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol.96, no.393, December 2007, pp.1-14; and an invited chapter on 'Commemoration of War', in Graham. B. and Howard, P. (eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity (Ashgate: London, 2008) p.323-347.
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