Mario Panico is a lecturer and postdoctoral fellow at the Amsterdam School of Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM). He deals with issues related to cultural heritage, memory space, nostalgia and representations of genocide perpetrators in trauma sites and museums. He is currently working on a research project entitled "Perpetrators' Heritage. Material Cultures and Imaginaries" and investigates the strategies of preservation and resemantisation of sites associated with the daily lives of perpetrators of crimes against humanity.
In particular, he is studying how perpetrators' houses and villas built near concentration and transit camps in Europe and detention centers in Latin America have been musealised and/or artistically resemantised to critically discuss accountabilities and complicities.
He has published on the relationship between monumentality and conflict; heritage, nostalgia and urban practices; family memories and the theory of implication. He is currently editing the Italian translation of two articles by Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer (on the relationship between post-memory and nostalgia) and his next monograph will be entitled "Nostalgia, Spatial Consolation and Conflict Heritage" (Palgrave Macmillan).
Fields of interest:
Mario Panico is a lecturer for the MA in Heritage and Memory Studies. In particular, he teaches
- Heritage and Memory Theory
- Current Issues: Excursion Abroad
- Thesis Seminar