Cultural Heritage Ecosystems in the MENA Region: Actors, Networks and Agendas.

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Type: 
Call for Publications
Date: 
October 30, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, African History / Studies, Arabic History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies

Call for Chapters for the edited volume:

 

Cultural Heritage Ecosystems in the MENA Region: Actors, Networks and Agendas.

 

Edited by: Dr Annette Loeseke (Lecturer in Museum Studies, New York University Berlin) and Dr Sarina Wakefield (Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Leicester)

 

The Middle East, North Africa and Arab Gulf (MENA) regions have seen significant transformations and reconfigurations within their cultural heritage landscapes in recent years. Academic heritage studies to-date have primarily focused on contemporary large-scale state-led trends and developments. We are calling for chapter proposals that consider the wider cultural ecosystems in the MENA region, which have remained marginalised within academic debates. We are particularly interested in case studies that examine the role of actors such as non-profit, non-governmental institutions, scholarly organisations, individual experts, small business initiatives and consultants. The principal aim of the edited volume is to understand the internal yet globally connected dynamics in the cultural heritage landscape in the MENA region by examining the interrelations, networks, collaborations and competing or conflicting agendas of various local, regional and globally connected stakeholders. We therefore seek chapter proposals that critically examine how various actors are engaged in shaping and re-shaping heritage agendas, networks and institutionalised practices and processes beyond those that are officially sanctioned by the state. How do non-state and grassroots initiatives generate and shape alternative heritage futures in the MENA region? How are current and future heritage concerns – such as the preservation of endangered heritage, the cultural heritage of migrant workers, human rights, gender, sustainability, the climate crisis etc. – supported and challenged within the region, and how are these issues embedded within different heritage processes and methodologies? How are state-sanctioned institutions engaged with, either in co-operation or conflict, different stakeholders and actors? And how do various actors  connect the cultural heritage sector in the MENA region with pressing debates, concerns and experiences in related diasporas abroad?

 

We welcome cross-disciplinary proposals from individuals at different stages in their careers, including early career researchers, academics and practitioners and from a range of methodological and conceptual perspectives.

 

Chapter Proposal Submission:

Please send abstracts of 350-500 words to sarina.wakefield@leicester.ac.uk and annette.loeseke@nyu.edu by 30 October 2020.

 

Deadline for abstracts (chapter proposals): 30 October 2020.

 

Deadline for submission of full chapters by 30 June 2021; we are proposing that full chapters should be between 5000 to 6000 words. Anticipated publication: early 2022.

 

Edited by: Dr Annette Loeseke (Lecturer in Museum Studies, New York University Berlin) and Dr Sarina Wakefield (Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Leicester).

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