Perri Meldon to Participate in Roundtable at NCPH-UHS 2024

AMNESP PhD candidate Perri Meldon will be participating in the “All Water Has a Perfect Memory”: Waterways, Ritual, and Commemoration roundtable at the National Council on Public History and the Utah Historical Society 2024 joint conference. The roundtable will be held on Friday, April 12th from 8:30-10:00AM at the Granite Conference Center, Salt Lake City.

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This roundtable takes Toni Morrison’s words, “All Water Has a Perfect Memory,” as our starting point. Our respective research explores sites of memory and the layered memories that accumulate over time. We argue that the places themselves are central to the rituals and memorialization practices that accrete, and such activities cannot be understood without the physical act of being there. As public historians, we imagine water as both a literary technique and ecological feature in our work. Its fluidity and ever-shifting currents, tides, and shorelines allow us to draw metaphors about and build deeper understandings of the people who derive meaning from waterways.