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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.
Read more here.

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).
For more information please visit the conference website: 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?
For more information please visit the Conference Website

24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Barcelona 5-8 september 2018

Reflecting futures

Barcelona has been an urban laboratory since the high Medieval Ages. A place of diversity, a backdrop for a multiplicity of social and cultural processes on multiple scales that reflect different ways of constructing the future, a city with a long experience of urban life and social innovations.

From the prehistory of Modernity through to Upper Modernity, the city space of Barcelona has always reflected the arising Modern order,. It has also been through phases of subsequent modern disorder, struggles for workers’ rights, modernist social identities, and alternative ways of living. This is a city that has constantly reinvented itself. The early industrial era, the periods of strife such as the Tragic Week of 1909 and the May Day of 1937, the Spanish Civil War, the transition to democracy, the 1992 Olympics, and present day cultural activity all reflect how Barcelona has experienced new ways of reclaiming the city for its citizens. Its history is reflected in its urban layout, and in the way that it continues to take shape.

Barcelona offers a reflection of our future pasts, much in the way that archaeology does: our profession embodies an ability to reflect on how the future comes into existence and how the past influences it. We must also have the power to prototype the future. Everyone falls in love with Barcelona. One way or another, this love affair has to do with how the future challenges our past and our present. Barcelona is a perfect location for holding the 24th Annual Meeting of the EAA, the ideal setting for an Association that seeks to continuously develop and change the direction of its ability to reflect the past, in order to be able to reflect about the future. by Felipe Criado-Boado (EAA President)

Read more and find out why we have chosen this logo and motto of the Annual Meeting here.

AESOP Annual Congress, July 10-14 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden

We are pleased to invite you to Gothenburg, Sweden for the AESOP Annual Congress in 2018. This event will offer the opportunity for scholars from Europe, as well as from around the world, to contribute to the exchange of experiences, ideas and knowledge regarding planning in the 21st century, in particular in relation to the congress theme: MAKING SPACE FOR HOPE.

Gothenburg University – Department of Conservation, will host the congress in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg – Department of Architecture; KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm – Department of Urban Planning and Environment; and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona – Department of Spatial Planning.

Gothenburg is a 400 year old harbour city on the Swedish west coast and the second largest city in Sweden with its 550 000 inhabitants. Like many other industrial and harbour cities in the world Gothenburg has in the last few decades experienced harsh economic, social and spatial structural change. Gothenburg is an inspiring city for those interested in urban and regional transformation processes, with many instructive cases and good examples of innovative planning, but also with severe challenges that planning faces today.
Find the CFP here, and more information here.

CFP: Skeletons, Stories, and Social Bodies conference, University of Southampton from 20th – 22nd March 2018

This three day interdisciplinary conference is hosted by the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

This conference aims to cover a wide range of areas related to death, anatomy, attitudes to the body, mortuary practices, and more. We aim to cover various aspects of death through presentations, discussion panels, and tailored workshops.

Please note the deadline for abstract submissions and student bursary applications is Thursday 30th November 2017.
You can find more information on our website.

Seminars, workshops etc


Job opportunities & funding


AMNH-Bard Research Fellowship in Museum Anthropology
Bard Graduate Center invites applications for a two-year (2018–20)

Postdoctoral fellowship jointly appointed at Bard Graduate Center and in the Anthropology Division and the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History. The Fellow’s project should focus on Native Textiles of the North American Southwest and should make use of the AMNH collection. PhD in Anthropology or related fields required. Deadline: December 1, 2017
Read more here.



PhD Course: World Heritage, cultural heritage and archaeology: a critical perspective
Norwegian Centre in Paris May 28 – June 1 2018.
Dialogues with the Past. The Nordic Graduate School in Archaeology.
Time and place: May 28, 2018 - June 1, 2018, Centre Universitaire de Norvège à Paris. Read more here.

Call for Proposals (Edited Collection)
‘Diasporic, Migrant and Multicultural Heritage’

New Issue in the Series Key Issues in Cultural Heritage, Routledge
Immigrant-receiving nations have grappled with how best to preserve and represent inclusive, diverse societies. Whether labelled ethnic, migrant, multicultural or culturally diverse, these ‘other’ heritages have become more conspicuous and contested in contemporary heritage discourse. Some communities have attempted to involve local groups in the identification, assessment and management of heritage, according to international, state and national conventions and charters that emphasise collaboration and community engagement. Nonetheless, these aspirations have not always been successfully integrated into heritage management, nor have they boosted the involvement of community groups in building and promoting their own heritage.
Political contexts frame these developments. In recent decades, both right-wing and mainstream politicians in Western Europe and the UK have denounced official multiculturalism and proclaimed it a failure, and a new agenda of integration and social inclusion frames government approaches to cultural diversity. Concurrently, in contemporary liberal-democratic nations with a history of invasion and dispossession, we have witnessed heightened tensions in response to ‘minority’ claims to heritage, as well as increasingly nationalist and parochial discourses around migration and globalisation in countries most affected by financial distress and the so-called refugee crisis. The challenges posed by human mobility are a pressing political issue in the present, but these debates also provide an opportunity to make space for discussions about migratory pasts and the ways in which they are actively remembered (or forgotten) through heritage practices within and across communities, states and nations.
Building on Naidoo and Littler’s (2004) call for scholars to interrogate how cultural diversity and social exclusion are acted out in modern heritage culture, we wish to ask: in whose interest is cultural diversity promoted or rejected, and to shore up which networks or nodal points of power? How might we apply these questions—and questions around participation and collaboration—to the current heritage landscape across the world? What is the state of migrant, diasporic or multicultural heritage today, and how might we critically analyse these processes as scholars of heritage?
While we are open to a wide range of approaches and topics, scholars may wish to consider the following:
- Heritage across national borders (re: Byrne’s (2016) migrant heritage corridors). Interrogating and moving beyond the national boundaries of heritage and the national historiography of immigration
- Identification, assessment and management of places and objects of significance to diasporic communities
- Partnerships and collaboration between community groups and heritage organisations. For example, community-initiated projects and community agency, participatory action research, and partnership (collaborative) projects
- ‘Architecture of memory’ and the ‘landscapes of experience’ approaches to migrant heritage
- Terminology and definitions: what makes something migrant heritage? Diasporic? Multicultural? Why does language matter?
- Associations with leaving, host and home land, with a migration process
- Transformed culture in connected places – de/re-territorialisation
- Sharing heritage across the local and national – for whom?
- Immigration and emotions in heritage
- Representing culture and difference
- Intersectionality, women and migrant heritage
- Intangible heritage in diasporic contexts
- Effects of, for example: Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention, World Heritage Convention, and ICOMOS charters; state and national policy, laws, practices; and models for working with community groups.
- Immigrant/diasporic heritage and political protest / community activism
- The diasporic family and its representations / family memories of migration and their public presence
Please send your proposals to the editors for this issue, Dr Alexandra Dellios and Dr Eureka Henrich, at alexandra.dellios@anu.edu.au.

Call for papers:Museological Review Issue 22: Museums of the Future
Museological Review (MR) is an online peer-reviewed journal, published annually, by the University of Leicester School of Museum Studies PhD community. Issue 22 welcomes contributions that seek to explore the theme of museums of the future.

There are several ways to engage with MR this year: an article (initially in a form of abstract) an exhibition or book review or a visual depiction. Please see the attached document for more information.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts/ reviews/visual depictions is Monday 13 November 2017. Submissions can be emailed to Museologicalreview@leicester.ac.uk
uploaded online through the Museological Review homepage http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/research-degrees/museological-review

The authors of the selected abstracts will be contacted by the editorial team in November 2017 and the deadline for the submission of the final articles is mid-January 2018(TBC).

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