Critical Heritage Studies Conference 2012

The International Journal of Heritage Studies is delighted to support the Inaugural Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies which will be held at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2012.

The Association of Critical Heritage Studies, to be launched at this conference, will establish in association with the International Journal of Heritage Studies, an extensive network of heritage scholars across the globe in order to debate and discuss cutting-edge research in the field of heritage studies. We see heritage studies as a synthesis emerging from diverse disciplinary fields, in particular public history, memory studies, museology, cultural heritage, tourism studies, architecture and planning, conservation, as well as cultural geography, sociology, cultural studies and policy, anthropology, archaeology and ethnomusicology, and encourage people working in those areas to submit papers or propose sessions/workshops that address the inter-disciplinary nature of heritage studies.

Preliminary key note speakers at the conference include Sharon MacDonald, University of Manchester (tbc), Tom Selwyn, University of London and Laurajane Smith, Australian National University and Editor of the International Journal of Heritage Studies.

This conference will develop current theoretical debates to make sense of the nature and meaning of heritage. As such, we invite submissions from people working within the ‘broad church’ of the current flowering of contemporary heritage studies.

Papers should encourage cross cutting thinking and should not be afraid to try to theorise what heritage studies is and where it should go. They should be underpinned by an active move away from site- and artefact-based definitions of heritage in a traditional sense and should pursue instead a range of methodologies and questions aiming at interdisciplinarity stemming from social science, scholarly traditions, natural science, and also areas such as art and the performing arts.

Examples of Conference Subthemes:

Critical heritage theory;
Issues of representation;
Heritage and non-representational theory;
The politics of affect and a
consideration of emotion and the senses;
Memory and identity work of
communities, nations and other interests
in relation to heritage;
The utilisation of heritage discourses
in debates over multiculturalism/
Heritage, power and recognition;
Heritage and human rights;
The exploration of methodologies for mapping and exploring the social and cultural consequences of heritagel
Intangible heritage and its implications for re-theorising heritage.

Non-Western challenges to dominant Western heritage concepts and characterisation of non-Western appreciations of heritage;
Work on digital heritage that goes beyond technical treatments of archiving and embraces a range of social media and other forms of interactivity.
The performative nature of heritage-theorising craft, art and creativity as dimensions in heritage;
Theorising and redefining heritage practices – the merging of discourses;
Re-thinking conservation science – the blending of creative discourse into social and natural sciences
The performative nature of heritage – artistic practices, artistic research and theorizing perspective in dialogue.

Abstract Submission

Submissions are encouraged for sessions and individual papers (20 minute duration). Submissions are also encouraged for workshops, panel discussions and performances.

Deadline for abstracts on sessions, workshops and panel discussions: November 30, 2011. Deadline for individual papers or performances: December 31 2011.

Selected papers and/or sessions will be published in International Journal of Heritage Studies.

Abstracts should be sent to:

Bosse Lagerqvist (Organisation Committee)

Fax: +46 31 786 4703
Mail: University of Gothenburg, Conservation
P.O. Box 130
SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Conference Information

Organisation Committee and Contact Details:

Bosse Lagerqvist, Department of Conservation,
Christer Ahlberger, Department of Historical studies,
Johan Öberg, Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts,
Mikela Lundahl, Department of Global studies,


Registration fee 300 USD / 210 Euro per person.
Students and participants from non-OECD countries, 120 Euro per person.
Fees include lunches, coffee breaks and conference documentation.

Conference dinner 30 Euro (Preliminary)
Post-conference excursions (under development)

Venue Information

Conference centre Wallenberg, University of Gothenburg

For further information please visit the conference web page here.

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