SESSION 035 Borders of Expertise and Professionalisation (REGULAR SESSION)
The Association of Critical Heritage Studies 2018 conference call for papers closes on the 30th of November.
Harald Fredheim: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shulan Fu: email@example.com
John Kelechi Ugwuanyi: firstname.lastname@example.org
The terms “experts” and “stakeholders” are used more frequently than ever in heritage contexts, yet their meanings have perhaps never been less clear. The recognition of the expertise of stakeholders and personal stakes of experts has long since called into question the automatic equating of experts and professionals or stakeholders and non-professionals. The rise of participatory approaches in the practice of both heritage researchers and practitioners is further blurring the boundaries between professionals and participants, while highlighting the need for new forms of expertise. While participatory approaches blur traditional borders of roles and responsibilities, they highlight other boundaries, some old and some new. Concurrently, professional heritage researchers and practitioners are working together across increasingly wide-ranging specialisms and disciplines. Such collaborations often highlight misconceptions of expertise and the necessity of more accurately understanding the nature and scope of partners’ expertise for effective collaboration.
This session moves beyond promoting participation and collaboration as solutions, to situating both as scenes for critical research. We seek contributions that highlight the borders established by the professional practices of heritage researchers and practitioners, and address how these borders can be renegotiated through more nuanced understandings of expertise and the benefits of participation. Papers that address the ways in which different forms of partnership working can expose, traverse, renegotiate or create new borders and forms of expertise are particularly welcome.