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Call for papers: War and the Urban Context

19 May 2017, New York City, New York, USA
Scenes of Aleppo’s war-torn streets may be shocking to the world’s majority urban population, but such destruction would be familiar to urban dwellers as early as the third millennium BCE. While war is often narrated as a clash of empires, nation-states, and ‘civilizations,’ cities
have been the strategic targets of military campaigns, to be conquered, destroyed, or occupied. Cities have likewise been shaped by war, through the transformation of urban space for the purposes of military production, the post-conflict reconstruction of streets, buildings, and
public space, as well as sites for remembering the costs of war. This conference seeks to understand this critical intersection between war and urban society, culture, and the built environment, and welcomes interdisciplinary scholarship on the subject. Topics may include, but
are not limited to:
• Cities as warzones
• Military occupation of cities
• Cities as sites of military production
• Cities and memorialization of war
• Postwar urban reconstruction
• War refugees and cities
The conference will be held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, at 365 Fifth Avenue in New York City on May 19, 2017. The intent is to assemble a program without chronological, methodological, or regional limits. Proposals (around 300 words) and a short CV
should be sent to Tim Keogh (tkeogh@qcc.cuny.edu) and Sarah Danielsson (sdanielsson@gc.cuny.edu) no later than December 15, 2016. A selection of submissions will also be assembled into an edited volume to be published in 2018.
Contact Info:
Tim Keogh, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
Queensborough Community College, City University of New York
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Contact Email: tkeogh@qcc.cuny.edu Call here.

TechnoHeritage 2017

21-24 May 2017, Cádiz, Spain
The objective of the TechnoHeritage 2017 Congress, organized by the Spanish Network of Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, is to promote an interdisciplinary forum to discuss all aspects of Cultural Heritage conservation, according to the following specific aims:
To stimulate cooperation and integration between otherwise heterogeneous fields (professionals and researchers from scientific, conservation-restoration and architecture areas)
To promote networking among European research teams facing Horizon 2020
To provide a comprehensive, up-to-date and state of the art picture on the following topics:
T1. Deterioration of Cultural Heritage
• Environmental Assessment and Monitoring (Pollution, Climate Change, Natural Events)
• Agents and Mechanisms of Decay (Physical, Chemical and Biological)
T2. Nanomaterials and other Products for Conservation
• Cleaning products, Consolidants, Hydrophobic and Superhydrophobic products, Selfcleaning
and Anti-graffiti agents, Biocides and Depollutant products
T3. New Technologies for Analysis, GPR applications, Protection and Conservation
• Non-Invasive Technologies, Security Technologies, Remote Sensing and G.I.S, UAV
systems (i.e. drones) and 3D Laser scanning
T4. Underwater Cultural Heritage
• Protection and Conservation of archaeological sites, buildings and wrecks
• Evaluation of Underwater Decay
T5. 20th Century Cultural Heritage
• Conservation of Concretes, Contemporary Art and other modern Materials
• Preservation of Industrial Heritage
T6. Significance of Cultural Heritage
• Policies for Conservation
• Social ValueAuthors are invited to submit abstracts (in English)
• All submissions will be peer-reviewed and will be based on originality, technical quality
and presentation. Those accepted will appear in a journal which will be made available to
delegates during the TechnoHeritage 2017 event.
• Abstracts must be submitted before the deadline date of DECEMBER 15, 2016 (Extended deadline). Please use the online facility for submission of abstracts in MSword
files on: http://technoheritage2017.uca.es/abstracts-and-papers/

CALL FOR PAPERS: CHIME Conference, Music, Festivals, Heritage, Siena Jazz Archive, Italy. 25-28 May 2017

We invite submissions for Music, Festivals, Heritage, a four-day multi-disciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as festival directors, producers and programmers, to explore the relationship between music festivals and cultural heritage.
Proposals are invited for:
• Individual contributions (20 minutes) – up to 250 words.
• Themed sessions or panel discussions – 250 words per contribution plus 250 words outlining the rationale for the session.
• 75 minute sessions in innovative formats – up to 750 words outlining the form and content of the session.

Please submit proposals (including a short biography and institutional or organisational affiliation) by email in a word document attachment to: w.vandeleur@uva.nl

The deadline for proposals is 1st December 2016; outcomes will be communicated to authors by 10 January 2017. All submissions will be considered by the conference committee:
•Prof Walter van de Leur, Chair (University of Amsterdam/Conservatory of Amsterdam)
•Prof Helene Brembeck (University of Gothenburg)
•Prof Nicholas Gebhardt (Birmingham City University)
•Dr Francesco Martinelli (Siena Jazz Archive)
•Prof George McKay (University of East Anglia)
•Professor Beth Perry (University of Sheffield)
•Dr Loes Rusch (University of Amsterdam/BCU)
•Prof Tony Whyton (Birmingham City University)
•Dr Marline Lisette Wilders (University of Amsterdam/University of Groningen).

The conference forms part of the JPI Heritage Plus-funded CHIME project, a transnational research project that explores the relationship between European music festivals and cultural heritage sites. Visit www.chimeproject.eu for further information. Updates on the conference and information about travel and accommodation will be available on this site over the next few months.

DANCE AND DEMOCRACY, 13th International NOFOD Conference

June 14–17 2017, University of Gothenburg, Department of Cultural Sciences, Sweden.
In what ways can dance (in its broadest definition) enable people to think about themselves, their communities, their environments, their past, their aspirations and their future in a new and transformative fashion? The 13th NOFOD conference is concerned with democracy, a word with Greek roots meaning ‘government by the people’. The concept of democracy takes on a variety of meanings in different times, places and contexts, but its characteristic key effects remain ‘different practices of inclusion and exclusion’ (Lena Hammergren 2011). In recognition of this, the conference invites contributions exploring and celebrating the multiverse of dance practices, theories, and histories in relation to democratic challenges in a global, yet always also local world. We welcome proposals in the form of abstracts of no more than 300 words including presenters’ names, affiliations and email addresses. Please use:
NOFOD abstract form.
We encourage you to submit a wide range of proposals:
- Paper presentations: 20 minutes up to 10 minutes discussion
- Lecture-demonstrations: 60 minutes all included
- Roundtable discussions and conversations: 60 minutes all included
- Movement workshops: 60 minutes all included
Other formats: please specify whether the format needs 20 minutes or 60 minutes.
The deadline for proposal submission is December 1, 2016. All submissions should be sent as email attachments (in word format) to nofodabstract@akademia.is
Proposals will be selected by the conference committee that consists of an editorial board of current NOFOD board members. The focus will be on the conference theme and the quality of the abstracts. The applicants will be notified of acceptance by December 24, 2016 via email.
For questions about practical issues, please contact: Astrid von Rosen, Vice Chair of the NOFOD board, astrid.von.rosen@arthist.gu.se. For questions about proposals, please contact: Hilde Rustad, Chair of the NOFOD board, hilderus@gmail.com
Updates and information on DANCE AND DEMOCRACY will be posted at www.nofod.org
The conference is arranged by NOFOD in cooperation with the University of Gothenburg, Department of Cultural Sciences, Sweden
We look forward to meeting you in Gothenburg.

Call for Papers: City, Community and the Transformation of Space in Post-Eastern Bloc societies, 15 June 2017

Lazarski University, Warsaw, ul. Swieradowska 43, 02-662, Poland.
The fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe brought with it new challenges and opportunities for civil society formations. Finally groups had the chance to organise themselves away from the intrusive eye of state censorship, and operate in new ways. Over the last 25 years or so a wide variety of organisations have burst onto the scene dealing with a host of issues neglected/repressed by authoritarian state socialism in the region. At the same time the removal of state socialism has caused challenges to fledgling civil society formations as groups have been forced to become adept at finding sources of funding and have become involved in clashes over meaning between those with more progressive/liberal attitudes and those representing more conservative/nationalist outlooks.

Our one-day workshop positions itself within this opportunity/challenge dichotomy for civil society formations in the Visegrad group of countries which experienced post-2004 EU expansion. By doing so the conference hopes to assist new ways of understanding processes of democratic transition in the Central European region and post-Soviet Space. It also seeks to understand how authorities, individuals and groups interact in this new post-Communist transitional environment. The workshop’s specific focus is on the transformation of civic space in the cities of the CEE region as it is in large urban settlements where the pace of change has been at its quickest.

Scholars wishing to participate should send a 250 word abstract along with a short academic CV to Dr. Christopher Lash no later than 15 March 2017. Selected participants will be informed soon after. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Christopher Lash or Dr. Iryna Polets. More information here.

ACSIS Mobilising Cultural Studies

Norrköping 19-21 June 2017.
In 2017, at the time of our 7th biannual conference, ACSIS takes the initiative to re-think and re-conceptualize what cultural research means in the digital and global present. Today cultural research is challenged to respond to global complexities in the form of human displacements, geopolitical restructurings, climate change and digital media. It must also answer to the performativity of numbers presented by digital humanities to investigate big data sets and the demands for producing knowledge with a measurable impact in society and the academic community.

Scholars are invited to submit abstracts of individual papers for open sessions or to any of the parallel sessions listed on this web page. The call for sessions is still open and the organisers will continuously add new sessions to the list. The deadlines are January 15 2017 for sessions and February 1 2017 for papers.
For more information read here.

Call for papers and posters: International Congress «Preserving Transcultural Heritage: Your Way or My Way?»

05 - 08 July 2017, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (Portugal)
The ARTIS – Institute of History of Art, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and the ICOMOS Portugal are pleased to invite all the researchers, specialists and other stakeholders involved in the process of safeguarding of architectural heritage, to participate in the
International Congress «Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?», which will take place in Lisbon, between 05 and 08 July 2017.
Paper and poster proposals are welcome until 31 August 2016. Please submit your paper or poster by sending the proposal to congress.artis@letras.ulisboa.pt. The proposals will be selected by the session organisers and the Scientific Committee on the basis of the following criteria: relevance, innovation, scientific quality and theme of the session. On 15 September proposers will be notified regarding acceptance of their paper or poster and will receive further instructions. The organisation encourages multidisciplinary and international research on the safeguarding of transcultural heritage (architecture, urbanism, archaeology, landscapes and decorative arts in built heritage).
• Download the submission template on the official site and fill it with the following data:
• Title of the session, with 15 words maximum;
• Abstract with 250 words maximum;
• Three to five keywords;
• Personal data (name, professional affiliation, mail and email addresses, and telephone contact of the authors).
The acceptance notification for submitted papers and posters will be known by 15 September 2016. After being accepted, preliminary versions of paper texts and poster drafts should be submitted until 30 November 2016, for peer-review.
For further questions, please contact the organisation.
Contact Info:
Inês Cristóvão
Executive Committee
Email: ines.cristovao@campus.ul.pt
URL: https://congressartis.wordpress.com/papers/
Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2016

BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures

Dates: 6-10 July 2017
City, Country: Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, UK
Short Description: Bridges physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. This conference seeks to explore heritage of bridges –not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape. Please see the website for full details and call for papers.
Organisers: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham), Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (University of Illinois)
Contact: Hannah Stretton, Ironbridge@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Deadline: Call for papers deadline: 1st November 2016
Web Link: www.bridgeconference.wordpress.com

1st Call for Sessions: Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe Sixth biennial network conference

University of Tampere, Finland on 6 - 8 July 2017
African European Studies and Black European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterised by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa, the African diasporas, and Europe. The sixth biennial network conference, organised by the University of Tampere and the international Afroeuropeans – Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network, aims to contribute to the existing scholarship in Europe with a view to establish it more firmly in its several disciplinary locations. For more information, please see the conference website.

The general theme of the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. Among the confirmed keynote speakers is Professor Paul Gilroy from King’s College London. We encourage submissions exploring the topics suggested below.
African diaspora and European cultural heritage;
Policing blackness; African/Black European politics;
Shifting political landscapes and European post-colonial discontents;
Afroeuropean mediascapes; Diaspora communities online; Diasporic experience and digital media;
Social justice and human rights in AfroEurope;
Performing Africanness/blackness in Europe;
Writing and translating new African diaspora and black identities in Europe;
Afroeuropean music cultures; Afroeuropean dance scenes;
Blackness in visual arts in Europe
Children of the African diaspora in Europe; Afroeuropean youth cultures;
AfroQueer Europe; Afroeuropean feminisms;
Global racisms and AfroEurope;
Refugees from Africa in Europe.

Session proposals that do not directly deal with the above-mentioned topics will also be considered. Proposals for sessions on both established and emerging research areas of a trans- and multidisciplinary nature are welcome. Proposals for sessions (max. 300 words) should be submitted by no later than 15 September 2016 through our online form. Instructions for session organisers and the link to the submission form can be found on the conference website (Call for Sessions).

In addition to academics, we welcome artists, activists, authors, journalists, and independent scholars with a specific interest in the field. The cultural programme of the conference is organised in collaboration with Fest Afrika festival and Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions.

Call for Papers Mnemonics 2017: The Social Life of Memory

Deadline: March 31, 2017
The sixth Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school will be hosted by the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform from September 7-9, 2017 at Goethe University Frankfurt. Confirmed keynote speakers are Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz), Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University, New York) and Anna Reading (King’s College London). Read more here.

Call for papers: RC21 Leeds : September 11-13, 2017
Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies.

We live in an increasingly urban, globalised and unequal world facing multiple crises: from financial and political to infrastructural and ecological. In this context, cities have become both the locus of economic growth and development, and the principle site of social conflict and political contestation over spatial inequalities, belonging, environment and sustainability. Yet many of the forms these dynamics and contestations take are captured only partially or inadequately in both conventional mainstream and radical urban theory. Drawing on past RC21 conference themes, we want to call attention on ‘global urban justice’ as a term to focus our scholarship and research impact on society.The proposed abstracts should address the sessions’ topics and should be inspired by the 2017 conference theme, ‘Rethinking Urban Global Justice’.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to both RC21@leeds.ac.uk and to the session organizers. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 March 2017. Read more here.

Call for papers: Remapping the Arts, Heritage, and Cultural Production: Between Policies and Practices in East and Southeast Asian Cities

16-17 August 2017, Singapore
For Zukin (1982, 1987, 1995) culture has been central to the development of the new ‘symbolic’ or ‘creative’ economy, but she also cautions against its appropriation for urban redevelopment that can lead displacement of local communities. Castells (2010), on the other hand, suggests that cultural materials, including digital media, facilitate social change, especially in relation to social movements, because they enable social actors to redefine their subjectivities and transform the
social structure. While local and regional governments are striving towards the ‘rejuvenation’ of urban spaces as a form of city branding, citizens and artists alike are seeking ways to maintain the viability of local arts and culture along with (in)tangible heritage. In many Asian cities, heritage preservation has played an important role in the democratisation of urban spaces and community building. Tensions between different interest groups have been unavoidable but mutual ground is needed for feasible policies and practices to construct inclusive and socially just urban spaces.
With the rise of local governance, and changing state-society relationships, we believe that the full potential of arts, heritage, and cultural production in the social transformation and civic participation has not yet been fully acknowledged. Given differences in urban governance, planning and civic participation in East and Southeast Asia, more nuanced research is needed to identify what kind of cultural policies and creative practices could be developed and how they
might provide innovative approaches beyond the Western paradigms of ‘creative’ or ‘cultural’ cities, and gentrification. Similarly, Douglass (2015) has raised policy questions about how to strengthen civic engagement, belonging and community building in cities through the cultivation of civic participation. Innovative forms of civic participation resonate with the ‘worlding practices’ defined by Ong (2011:4) as ‘projects that attempt to establish or break established horizons of urban standards in and beyond a particular city’. The purpose of this multidisciplinary conference is thus to explore both government-led cultural policies and the organically emerging artistic and creative practices aimed at the empowerment of local communities and neighborhoods in contemporary East and Southeast Asian cities.
We invite the submission of papers from early career and established scholars, policy makers, activists, and creative practitioners to explore the role of arts, culture, and heritage in developing more progressive urban societies in East and Southeast Asia cities. We encourage applicants to consider empirical case studies and theories within comparative contexts and to extrapolate policy options for other regions apart from the East and Southeast Asia that explore innovative ways to
build co-operation between varied social groups, institutions, and local governance.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 30 April 2017. Please submit your proposal, using the provided proposal template to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg. Successful applicants will be notified by mid May 2017 and will be required to send in a draft paper of
6,000-8,000 words by 15 July 2017.

Read more here.

Call for papers: Tenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

15–17 September 2017 at the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2017 Special Focus: "Diaspora, Integration and Museums."

For more information regarding the conference, use the links below to explore our conference website. Submit your proposal by 15 February 2017. We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you may present in a virtual poster session or a virtual lightning talk. Virtual Sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar.

As virtual participants, presenters are scheduled in the formal program, have access to select conference content, can submit an article for peer review and possible publication, may upload an online presentation, and can enjoy Annual Membership to the research network and subscriber access to The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum.

Call for papers: The Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage
September 28–30, 2017 Université du Québec à Montréal. Invitation for young researchers across all disciplines and nations to submit proposals for 20–minute papers based on any aspect of heritage communities, from case studies to theoretical analyses.

Proposals should be no more than 500 words, accompanied by a title and a short biography, and must be sent to patrimoine@uqam.ca by April 10, 2017. Proposals and papers can be in either English or in French.

Call for papers: Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe, 06-07 October 2017, Budapest, Hungary

The second doctoral conference organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). www.urb.bme.hu
Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2017 is the second in a series of a doctoral / postdoctoral conference, to be organised on a biannual basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical - built and natural - environment within Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
Those invited include doctoral researchers – doctoral students, candidates or post-doctoral researchers (maximum five years after obtaining the doctorate degree) - specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning or landscape architecture. The BME Department of Urban Planning and Design wishes to promote cooperation among CEE doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research.
Abstract Submission Please send an abstract of 300 and 500 words and a brief academic biography using the template formats here: http://urb.bme.hu/en/doconf2017
send your abstract to: doconf2017@urb.bme.hu
submission of abstracts – 28 February 2017
notification of acceptance – 31 March 2017
Participation at the conference is free of charge (one-and-a-half-day conference at the BME and half-day study trip in Budapest). The travel to Budapest, accommodation, conference lunches and dinners should be paid by participants.
Publications Full papers (minimum 4 and maximum 6 pages) will be published in the conference proceedings (e-book format with ISSN number). deadline: 31 August 2017

CFP: CHAT 2017 —Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency— 3rd- 5th November 2017

will explore the relationship between contemporary and historical archaeology and cultural memory narratives. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to artefacts and people, examining the agency of art, and how humans, material culture, and non-human actors interact to form identities, and to create, perpetuate, and or challenge social hierarchies, taboos, and a sense of place.
Located within a UNESCO World Heritage site— the 17th century canal ring— the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the perfect location to discuss the relationship between past and present, especially regarding heritage’s impact on the lived experience and how and in what ways archaeological research impacts society.
We welcome papers discussing ethics, responsibility and professionalism in archaeology, memory and heritage politics, transmission and engagement with art and cultural heritage, and any other themes that help us explore how heritage, art, memory and agency impact societal actualities as well as how archaeological research can be a force for societal change.

We welcome proposals for papers, posters, films and installations that respond to the conference theme and follow the above or alternative lines of enquiry. As always, proposals from disciplines outside archaeology are welcomed. Read more here.

The call for papers will close on 31st March 2017. Abstracts should be send to: CHAT2017Amsterdam@gmail.com

Call for papers: ‘Materialities of Postcolonial Memory,’ Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) Conference 2017

07-09 December 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
As questions of racism are prominent in public debate, the colonial and slavery pasts represent more than ever key sites of both social encounter and contestation. The fields of heritage and memory studies, however, have been slow to respond to these urgent issues. This conference engages with these debates through the lens of materiality, broadly understood. Our understanding of materiality encompasses, on the one hand, the enduring, ruinous effects of colonialism around the globe, its often unarticulated material traces in former metropoles and
colonies, as well as the mostly unacknowledged role of migration and displacement. On the other hand, we wish to address the range of interventions, from protest movements to artistic initiatives
and museum spaces, which act upon the manifold legacies of past injustices in the present.

Reflecting on the materiality of bodies, objects, sites, ruins, traces and interventions, this international conference examines the awkward, aphasiac and contested memories of colonial and slavery pasts by bringing together scholars from heritage and memory studies, postcolonial and performative studies, critical race studies, archaeology and material culture, art history, archival studies and digital humanities, conflict and identity studies and other areas. We invite scholars to
present papers which critically analyse these issues, and especially consider the role of materiality in their case studies. Topics include, but are not limited to: decolonizing heritage and memory studies; contemporary nation-states and transnationalism; postcolonial ruination: migration and displacement, prisons, poison, borders; museums as sites of contestation and issues of repatriation; materialities of cultural racism and strategies of resistance; memory interventions and narratives in public spaces; postcolonial landscapes and cityscapes; colonial object biographies and postcolonial agency.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Ann Stoler (Columbia University); Prof. Lynn Meskell (Stanford University); Prof. Nikita Dhawan (Innsbruck University); Prof. Wayne Modest (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).
Abstracts for papers or panels (250 words max) including a short biographical statement (150 words max) should be sent to ahmpostcolonialmemory@gmail.com before 1 June 2017. The
conference fee is €40 for employed academics and €15 for students. Speakers are expected to arrange accommodation and transport on their own; we will offer suggestions for hotels and other
practical information. For more information please visit the conference website: http://www.ahmpostcolonialmemory.humanities.uva.nl.
Organization: Dr. Paul Bijl, Dr. David Duindam, Dr. Ihab Saloul, Dr. Chiara de Cesari
Conference Assistants: Sanne Letschert, Maria Dijkgraaf
This conference is organised with the support of: AHM, ASCA, KITLV, NICA and NwO
Contact Info: For questions, registration and submission, please contact the student assistent of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture of the University of Amsterdam: Sanne
Letschert. She is in the conference organisation and has more detailed information on the objectives of the school and the conference. Please contact her through ahmpostcolonialmemory@gmail.com.
URL: http://www.ahmpostcolonialmemory.humanities.uva.nl

Call for Session Proposals: “Heritage Across Borders,” Association for Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

The global rise of heritage studies and the heritage industry in recent decades has been a story of crossing frontiers and transcending boundaries. The 2018 Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, held in Hangzhou, China, thus takes 'borders' as a broadly defined, yet key, concept for better understanding how heritage is valued, preserved, politicised, mobilised, financed, planned and destroyed. Thinking through borders raises questions about theories of heritage, its methodologies of research, and where its boundaries lie with tourism, urban development, post-disaster recovery, collective identities, climate change, memory or violent conflict. Held in the city of Hangzhou, China, Heritage Across Borders will be the largest ever international conference in Asia dedicated to the topic of heritage. It has been conceived to connect international participants with local issues, and in so doing open up debates about the rural-urban, east-west, tangible-intangible and other familiar divides.

Borders tell us much about the complex role heritage plays in societies around the world today. Historically speaking, physical and political borders have led to ideas about enclosed cultures, and a language of cultural property and ownership which marches forward today in tension alongside ideals of universalism and the cosmopolitan. More people are moving across borders than ever before, with vastly different motivations and capacities. What role can heritage studies play in understanding the experiences of migrants or the plight of refugees? And what heritage futures do we need to anticipate as the pressures of international tourism seem to relentlessly grow year by year?

Heritage Across Borders will consider how the values of heritage and approaches to conservation change as objects, experts, and institutions move across frontiers. It will ask how new international cultural policies alter creation, performance, and transmission for artists, craftspersons, musicians, and tradition-bearers.

What are the frontiers of cultural memory in times of rapid transformation? How can museums engage with increasingly diverse audiences by blurring the distinctions between the affective and representational? And do digital reproductions cross important ethical boundaries?

One of the key contributions of critical heritage studies has been to draw attention to the role of heritage in constructing and operationalising boundaries and borders of many kinds-national, social, cultural, ethnic, economic and political. In what ways do international flows of capital rework indigenous and urban cultures, and reshape nature in ways that redefine existing boundaries?

We especially welcome sessions and papers that challenge disciplinary boundaries and professional divides, and explore cross-border dialogues. What lessons can be learned from Asia where the distinctions between the tangible and intangible are less well marked? And how can researchers bridge cultural and linguistic barriers to better understand these nuances?
Please send your session proposals to the following email address: 2018achs@zju.edu.cn
Call for Session Proposals: Deadline 31st March, 2017
For more information please visit the Conference Website

Seminars, workshops etc

Advance Master level course in documentation and interpretation of rock art in Tanum Sweden, summer 2017

During the summer 2017 the Swedish Rock Art Research Archives, connected to Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, is launching an advance Master level course in documentation and interpretation of rock art. We will spend two weeks in field in the world Hertige site of rock art in Tanum that include more than 600 figurative sites. For further info se www.shfa.se
First entry for this course is the 22nd of February 2017 and application deadline is the 3rd of mars 2017. Students can apply via www.antagning.se or https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start
For further information about the course se enclosed documents. There is also a lot of information on our website about 3D methods and fieldwork: www.shfa.se
Syllabus here. Information on the course here.

The Heritage of Displacement
Forced Migration in the Mediterranean through History

Cambridge Heritage Seminar nr 17,  Saturday, 14 May 2016
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Throughout history forced mass movements of people have created heritage, at the time and retrospectively. Sites left behind are reused or fall into ruin, objects are taken on journeys, cultural practices are introduced into new environments. Later, return may be attempted in various way, through repatriation for instance. In this symposium
we will explore the heritage of these displacements with a particular focus on the Mediterranean region from pre-history till today.
To register for the symposium please write to Minjae Zoh (mz369@cam.ac.uk)
For more information visit:

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