February 25, 2021
Panel: Symbols and Sedition at The Applied Ethics Center, University of Massachusetts Boston
The Applied Ethics Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites you to our Spring Workshop, "Symbols & Sedition."
The people storming the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 sported a multitude of symbols. Alongside signs supporting Donald Trump and MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) were Confederate and Gadsden flags supporting rebellion, t-shirts referencing Auschwitz and supporting antisemitism, and other white power emblems. Ironically, it was also during this past summer of black protest that Trump signed an Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence that argued forcefully against the “willful injury of Federal property.” Yet, it was the Capitol Building itself that came under siege. In this Spring Workshop, speakers will discuss the role of symbols in inciting, perpetrating and pushing back against sedition. Our aim is to use the current American crisis to reflect on the relationship between symbols and political violence.
Dana Francisco Miranda, Philosophy, UMass Boston
“Capitol Offense: The Symbols of Our Discontent”
Rasa Davidavičiūtė, Philosophy, University of St. Andrews & University of Stirling
“Cultural Heritage and the Symbolic Embodiment of Identity”
Patricia Eunji Kim, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
“Heritage Redaction and the Politics of Reshaping Memory Landscapes”
Moderator: Nir Eisikovits, Philosophy, UMass Boston