Emma Patten

Emma Patten, third year student, is interested in the production and circulation of historical narratives in York, England.  She focuses on how historical society members, museum volunteers and employees, and cathedral volunteers and employees inherit collective memories propagated by institutions; she is especially interested in how these people often contest and reimagine “official” institutional historical narratives, drawing from longstanding local wisdom in creating their own understandings of the past.  She also hopes to extend the anthropological concept of kinship to relationships between the living and the dead in an attempt to explain strong affinities that her interlocutors have with ancestors and historical figures.