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#Focus ICAS12 | Heritage landscapes: The Macau calçada and the cultural politics of affect

#Focus ICAS12 | Heritage landscapes: The Macau calçada and the cultural politics of affect

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Du 24 au 28 août prochain, l’Université Kyoto Seika accueillera la douzième édition de l'International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS). Cet été, le GIS Asie, partenaire de l'événement, vous propose de découvrir une sélection de communications qui seront présentées lors de l’événement.


Sheyla S. Zandonai présentera une communication intitulée "Heritage landscapes: The Macau calçada and the cultural politics of affect"

The calçada portuguesa is a typical mosaic-like cobblestone pavement formed by the assemblage of black and white stones most commonly deployed on the finishing of sidewalks and squares. First used in nineteenth-century Portugal, it was introduced in the early 1990s in Portuguese Macau primarily as a city embellishment strategy. Although later praised for its decorative attributes, the pavement has been initially contested by the Macau Chinese population for its ‘colonial quality’. The original Portuguese granite and basalt stones have since been gradually replaced by Chinese stones, with Portuguese motifs further giving way to patterns which are perceived as more ‘Chinese’.

Employed in city revitalization projects by both the Portuguese and Chinese administrations of Macau, the calçada acts as a surface integrating distinctive spatial units into urban ensembles that I call ‘heritage landscapes’. Coalescing buildings of different historical eras and architectural styles these surfaces produce conflated images of past and present that allow affective experiences to engage with heritage as an act of imaginations. By triggering different emotions in residents, the calçada is thus hauled into processes of city making that articulate plural readings and narratives of place. While examining the genesis, development and perception of the Macau calçada, I aim thereby to analyse how this particular material is loaded with certain qualities/forces that confer efficacy to processes of heritage formation which reveal both long and short links to the past, and close and distant ties to culture and identity.

Sheyla S. Zandonai est chercheur associé au Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie (LAA) de l'École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris la Villette, chargée de cours à l’Université de Macao et professeur invité à l’Université Catholique de Macao (Saint Joseph). Zandonai est aussi membre du Comité Éditorial de la Revue Lusotopie.

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