November 2

Stage 2 // Pamplona – Puente la Reina [23,9 Km]

We wake up in Pamplona (city hall in the image), capital of Navarra, one of the former kingdoms that is now part of Spain. Its Basque name is Iruña. Part of this region is very linked to the Basque country and you can feel it in the surroundings. Ahead, almost 24 kilometers SW towards Puente la Reina.

On the way we cross several interesting places like the viewpoint of ‘forgiveness peak’ and several shrines. The lanscape starts to get flatter and the Camino becomes to get more real. The first day weights, but there is still a long way to go. We are still starting to get the feel.

Emily C. Arauz

Recognizing that we all have stories—including pasts, presents, and futures—this research endeavors to capture the dynamism and diversity of our personal forms of heritage. As people move across borders, between cities, along roads, and overseas, as researchers we must recognize that heritage moves too, embodied by the individual person on the move. Heritage can be destroyed and left behind, but it can also grow and change, adapting to new languages, cultures, cuisines, relationships, and experiences.

This project was initiated in 2016 to complement the research on the destroyed archaeological heritage of Syria and Iraq, as well as the growing research on the materiality of refugeehood and migration. Interviews with individuals, including students, migrants, refugees, artists, and cultural practitioners in Istanbul, Berlin, and Amsterdam illustrated how heritage could encompass more than the objects and buildings left behind. More specifically, responses articulated the existence of newly defined personal heritage, in addition to the shared and authorized World Heritage. The long-term goal of this project is to create an open, crowdsourced, and dynamic digital archive of heritage on the move.

Currently, this research is in the initial phase of collecting data to build the archive, and thus, during CHAT Pilgrim 2021, I will be sharing a Google Form with questions for participants to answer, thereby contributing their own heritage to the archive. Shifting from researcher into the role of subject inevitably upends assumed hierarchies, and reminds us that we are all humans on the move with stories to share. Questions purposely designed as open-ended such as “Where are you going?” create space for a diversity of interpretation. Ultimately, through the dynamic processes of dialogue, sharing, recording, and archiving, I aim to preserve snapshots of these ever-evolving forms of heritage as they exist in a moment of time in November 2021.

Please join me and share your stories, define your heritage, and start a dialogue with future collaborators on the move around the world: . By filling out the form, you will have the option to leave your name and contact information if you would like to receive future news about this project.

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