Then, Now and Always: Socio-Cultural Heritage CFP

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
June 28, 2023
Location: 
Czech Republic
Subject Fields: 
Archival Science, Classical Studies, Historic Preservation, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Archaeology

Then, Now and Always: Socio-Cultural Heritage CFP

 

Dates: June 28-30, 2023

Abstracts: July 10, 2022 (early)

https://amps-research.com/then-now-prague/

 

Then, Now and Always is a research project carried out by the Czech Technical University, Prague and forms the core theme of the “Heritages” conference held in Prague in June 2023.

The international context for the conference is the twentieth anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Heritage. It welcomes a diverse range of contributions, including papers that connect with the specific project currently being caried out at the Czech Technical University.

Publications will be organized by Amps with UCL Press and Intellect Books.

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Then, Now and Always is a research project proposal developed by the Czech Technical University. It explores the dynamic processes and changing roles of small museums for societies, communities and local interest groups. Recently, museums and places of memory have increasingly become centers of interaction and communication. Through documenting them, this project seeks to map current models of holistic placemaking and better understand local processes of preserving, telling, and sharing local history and cultural stories.

In this project, museums are understood as places where a common identity is created and local customs are given value, purpose, inspiration, and historical dimensions. It uses the notion of communities of practice and defines them as groups of people who “share an interest, fear or a passion for something. They learn from each other, communicate regularly, share experiences, exchange information, skills and create common goals. These community activities are a key to creating long-term heritage revitalization processes.

By looking at local museums this project explores the role of material heritage or architecture in preserving cultural identity via the holistic formation of lived places. The general mission of small museums is to primarily serve visitors from their own communities. We ask, how the messages left by each particular era, architectural project or preserved artifact shape current and future community stories? In asking this we draw on Joseph Beuys and his notion of “social sculpture” – a dialogical practices that he described as “thinking, speaking and listening with others”.

Social sculpture can thus be seen as one of the processes that restore, preserve and develop museums as centers of social change through a dialogue with the community or interest group whose identity is associated with them. Beuys sought to change the ways curators communicate with the general public and, in doing so, set a trend for socially engaged artists, various institutions and active publics, that this project continues in its own particular way. Social sculpture can thus be seen as one of the processes that restore, preserve and develop museums as centers of social change through a dialogue with the community or interest group whose identity is associated with them. Beuys sought to change the ways curators communicate with the general public and, in doing so, set a trend for socially engaged artists, various institutions and active publics, that this project continues in its own particular way.

https://amps-research.com/then-now-prague/

 

Organizers:

Czech Technical University, Amps, Intellect Books, Routledge and UCL Press

 

Contact Info: 

Jitka Cirklová, Václav Liška, Raj Kumar, Erica Brady

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