WORKSHOP: HERITAGE FUTURES
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 3pm-6 pm, PC HOOFTHUIS 525
The workshop approaches heritage and its place in designating imaginaries of the future. To this end, the conversation brings together two research groups that approaching, from two different angles, the cultural, political and ethical dynamics of heritage practices meant preempt and condition prospective designations of value. Prof. Cornelius Holtorf (Linnaeus University, Sweden) is co-investigator in the project Heritage Futures: Assembling Alternatives Futures for Heritage, led by prof. Rodney Harrison, University College London, a research effort on the manner in which uncertainty concerning the future is conceived of and reflects on heritage practice and epistemology. Nuclear waste disposal, built heritage conservation and preservation of endangered languages are several case studies of conceptions of the future directly affecting present practices of heritage making. The IC_ACCESS: Inclusive Strategies for Accessing Contested Heritage project led by prof. dr. Rob van der Laarse (University of Amsterdam) approaches the discourses of heritage and memory proper to traces of political violence in Europe. By investigating contemporary interpretations of former campsites and their often contested meanings, the project analyzes critically the potential invested in these sites of memory to construct safer social futures.
Convenor: prof. James Symonds, AHM
- Prof. Cornelius Holtorf has recently been named as UNESCO Chair in Heritage Futures and is Professor of Archaeology at Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden.
- Dr. Sarah May has over 25 years experience in heritage management and archaeology, in the private, public and academic sectors.
- Prof. Robin Boast the Professor of Information Science and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Media Studies.
- PhD candidate Dana Dolghin, AHM, is writing on memorial cultures of political violence in the postsocialist context and investigates memorial dynamics post-1989.