CFP: New Routledge Volume on ‘Diasporic, Migrant and Multicultural Heritage’

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Call for Papers
‘Diasporic, Migrant and Multicultural Heritage’
New Issue in the Series Key Issues in Cultural Heritage, Routledge

Immigrant-receiving nations have grappled with how best to preserve and represent inclusive, diverse societies. Whether labelled ethnic, migrant, multicultural or culturally diverse, these ‘other’ heritages have become more conspicuous and contested in contemporary heritage discourse. Some communities have attempted to involve local groups in the identification, assessment and management of heritage, according to international, state and national conventions and charters that emphasise collaboration and community engagement. Nonetheless, these aspirations have not always been successfully integrated into heritage management, nor have they boosted the involvement of community groups in building and promoting their own heritage.

Political contexts frame these developments. In recent decades, both right-wing and mainstream politicians in Western Europe and the UK have denounced official multiculturalism and proclaimed it a failure, and a new agenda of integration and social inclusion frames government approaches to cultural diversity. Concurrently, in contemporary liberal-democratic nations with a history of invasion and dispossession, we have witnessed heightened tensions in response to ‘minority’ claims to heritage, as well as increasingly nationalist and parochial discourses around migration and globalisation in countries most affected by financial distress and the so-called refugee crisis. The challenges posed by human mobility are a pressing political issue in the present, but these debates also provide an opportunity to make space for discussions about migratory pasts and the ways in which they are actively remembered (or forgotten) through heritage practices within and across communities, states and nations.

Building on Naidoo and Littler’s (2004) call for scholars to interrogate how cultural diversity and social exclusion are acted out in modern heritage culture, we wish to ask: in whose interest is cultural diversity promoted or rejected, and to shore up which networks or nodal points of power? How might we apply these questions—and questions around participation and collaboration—to the current heritage landscape across the world? What is the state of migrant, diasporic or multicultural heritage today, and how might we critically analyse these processes as scholars of heritage?

While we are open to a wide range of approaches and topics, scholars may wish to consider the following:

  • Heritage across national borders (re: Byrne’s (2016) migrant heritage corridors). Interrogating and moving beyond the national boundaries of heritage and the national historiography of immigration
  • Identification, assessment and management of places and objects of significance to diasporic communities
  • Partnerships and collaboration between community groups and heritage organisations.
    • For example, community-initiated projects and community agency, participatory action research, and partnership (collaborative) projects
  • ‘Architecture of memory’ and the ‘landscapes of experience’ approaches to migrant heritage
  • Terminology and definitions: what makes something migrant heritage? Diasporic? Multicultural? Why does language matter?
    • Associations with leaving, host and home land, with a migration process
    • Transformed culture in connected places – de/re-territorialisation
    • Political spheres of influence
  • Sharing heritage across the local and national – for whom?
  • Immigration and emotions in heritage
  • Representing culture and difference
  • Intersectionality, women and migrant heritage
  • Intangible heritage in diasporic contexts
  • Effects of, for example: Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention, World Heritage Convention, and ICOMOS charters; state and national policy, laws, practices; and models for working with community groups.
  • Immigrant/diasporic heritage and political protest / community activism
  • The diasporic family and its representations / family memories of migration and their public presence

Please send your proposals to the editors for this issue, Dr Alexandra Dellios and Dr Eureka Henrich, at

Please send your chapter proposals (approximately 500 words) to the editors for this issue, Dr Alexandra Dellios and Dr Eureka Henrich, at by 22 January 2018.