A selection of books published by conference participants since the last ACHS conference in 2018 can be found below.

We are keen to find ways to help ACHS 2020 Futures Virtual conference participants to highlight and promote relevant new books which have been published since the last ACHS conference, held in Hangzhou in 2018. To this end, we asked those who have new books relating to heritage studies to let us know so that they might be included in our New Books Corner. Please find below a series of exciting new titles.

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    Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Rodney Harrison, Caitlin DeSilvey, Cornelius Holtorf, Sharon Macdonald, Nadia Bartolini, Esther Breithoff, Harald Fredheim, Antony Lyons, Sarah May, Jennie Morgan, and Sefryn Penrose

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: UCL Press

    Summary: Preservation of natural and cultural heritage is often said to be something that is done for the future, or on behalf of future generations, but the precise relationship of such practices to the future is rarely reflected upon. Heritage Futures draws on research undertaken over four years by an interdisciplinary, international team of 16 researchers and more than 25 partner organisations to explore the role of heritage and heritage-like practices in building future worlds.

    Engaging broad themes such as diversity, transformation, profusion and uncertainty, Heritage Futures aims to understand how a range of conservation and preservation practices across a number of countries assemble and resource different kinds of futures, and the possibilities that emerge from such collaborative research for alternative approaches to heritage in the Anthropocene. Case studies include the cryopreservation of endangered DNA in frozen zoos, nuclear waste management, seed biobanking, landscape rewilding, social history collecting, space messaging, endangered language documentation, built and natural heritage management, domestic keeping and discarding practices, and world heritage site management.

    The book is available as a fully open access volume at https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/125034

    Publisher Link: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/125034


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    Deterritorializing the Future: Heritage in, of and after the Anthropocene

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Rodney Harrison and Colin Sterling (editors)

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Open Humanities Press

    Summary: Understanding how pasts resource presents is a fundamental first step towards building alternative futures in the Anthropocene. This collection brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to explore concepts of care, vulnerability, time, extinction, loss and inheritance across more-than-human worlds, connecting contemporary developments in the posthumanities with the field of critical heritage studies. Drawing on contributions from archaeology, anthropology, critical heritage studies, gender studies, geography, histories of science, media studies, philosophy, and science and technology studies, the book aims to place concepts of heritage at the centre of discussions of the Anthropocene and its associated climate and extinction crises – not as a nostalgic longing for how things were, but as a means of expanding collective imaginations and thinking critically and speculatively about the future and its alternatives. Contributors: Christina Fredengren, Cecilia Åsberg, Anna Bohlin, Adrian Van Allen, Esther Breithoff, Rodney Harrison, Colin Sterling, Joanna Zylinska, Denis Byrne, John Kelechi Ugwuanyi, Caitlin DeSilvey, Anatolijs Venovcevs, Anna Storm and Claire Colebrook.

    This fully open access volume is available for free download at http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/deterritorializing-the-future/

    Publisher Link: http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/deterritorializing-the-future/

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    A Museum In Public: Revisioning Canada's Royal Ontario Museum

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Susan Ashley

    Publication Date: 2019

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: A Museum in Public critically examines the idea of museums as institutions of the public sphere. Using as a case study the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada’s largest museum, the book interrogates the public nature and political dynamics of the ROM as it completed a multi-million-dollar ‘Renaissance’ architectural project. Employing an empirically-engaged cultural analysis of how publicness was reflected in the ideas, attitudes and behaviours of management, staff, and visitors, the book builds upon an ethnographic description of four public interfaces of institutional operations: structuring, positioning, exhibiting, and interacting. Conceptualising ROM’s new nature as ‘celebrity publicness’ – engagement as publicity and not politics – Ashley offers insights into how, and whether, museums like the ROM might achieve political publicness through transparent, open communicative action. As a whole, the book asks museum practitioners and scholars to seriously consider how the ideals of contact zone and engagement – with their real need for dissent, conflict, and alternative ways of thinking – can truly be made possible within an administrative setting.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/A-Museum-in-Public-Revisioning-Canadas-Royal-Ontario-Museum/Ashley/p/book/9781138579262

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    Intangible Cultural Heritage Under National and International Law Going Beyond the 2003 UNESCO Convention

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Marie Cornu, Anita Vaivade, Lily Martinet, Clea Hance

    Publication Date: 01/09/2020

    Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

    Summary: This illuminating book offers an authoritative analysis of the legal issues relating to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. Taking a critical approach, it provides a unique insight into the impact of international and national law on the present and future safeguarding processes of intangible cultural heritage. Expert contributors draw on the results of an international study conducted in 26 countries to illustrate how domestic laws comprehend the notion of intangible cultural heritage. The book explores the relationship that these states maintain with the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and highlight challenging concepts.

    Publisher Link: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/intangible-cultural-heritage-under-national-and-international-law-9781839100024.html

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    Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union: The European Heritage Label

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Viktorija L.A. Čeginskas, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Katja Mäkinen, and Johanna Turunen

    Publication Date: May 14, 2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union: The European Heritage Label provides an interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which European cultural heritage is created, communicated, and governed via the new European Heritage Label scheme.

    Drawing on ethnographic field research conducted across ten countries at sites that have been awarded with the European Heritage Label, the authors of the book approach heritage as an entangled social, spatial, temporal, discursive, narrative, performative, and embodied process. Recognising that heritage is inherently political and used by diverse actors as a tool for re-imagining communities, identities, and borders, and for generating notions of inclusion and exclusion in Europe, the book also considers the idea of Europe itself as a narrative. Chapters tackle issues such as multilevel governance of heritage; geopolitics of border-crossings and border-making; participation and non-participation; and embodiment and affective experience of heritage.

    Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union advances heritage studies with an interdisciplinary approach that utilises and combines theories and conceptualizations from critical geopolitics, political studies, EU and European studies, cultural policy research, and cultural studies. As such, the volume will be of interest to scholars and students engaged in the study of heritage, politics, belonging, the EU, ideas, and narratives of Europe.

    Publisher Link: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429053542

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    Heritage and Romantic Consumption in China

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Yujie Zhu

    Publication Date: 2018

    Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

    Summary: This book examines how heritage interacts with social-cultural changes and how individuals perform and negotiate their identities through daily practices that include tourism, on the one hand, and the performance of ethnicity on the other. This book also explores the rise of ‘romantic consumerism’ in contemporary China. Chinese dissatisfaction with the urban mundane leads to romanticized interests in practices and people deemed to be natural, ethnic, spiritual and aesthetic, and a search for tradition and authenticity. But what, exactly, are tradition and authenticity, and what happens to them when they are turned into performance?

    Publisher Link: https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789462985674/heritage-and-romantic-consumption-in-china

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    Heritage Politics in China: The Power of the Past

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Yujie Zhu and Christina Maags

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: This book studies the impact of heritage policies and discourses on the Chinese state and Chinese society. It sheds light on the way Chinese heritage policies have transformed the narratives and cultural practices of the past to serve the interests of the present.


    As well as reinforcing a collective social identity, heritage in China has served as an instrument of governance and regulation at home and a tool to generate soft power abroad. Drawing on a critical analysis of heritage policies and laws, empirical case studies and interviews with policymakers, practitioners, and local communities, the authors offer a comprehensive perspective on the role that cultural heritage plays in Chinese politics and policy. They argue that heritage-making appropriates international, national, and local values, thereby transforming it into a public good suitable for commercial exploitation. By framing heritage as a site of cooperation, contestation and negotiation, this book contributes to our understanding of the complex nature of heritage in the rapidly shifting landscape of contemporary China.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Heritage-Politics-in-China-The-Power-of-the-Past-1st-Edition/Zhu-Maags/p/book/9781138332706

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    Heritage, Memory, and Punishment: Remembering Colonial Prisons in East Asia

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Shu-Mei Huang and Hyun Kyung Lee

    Publication Date: September 26, 2019

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Based on a transnational study of decommissioned, postcolonial prisons in Taiwan (Taipei and Chiayi), South Korea (Seoul), and China (Lushun), this book offers a critical reading of prisons as a particular colonial product, the current restoration of which as national heritage is closely related to the evolving conceptualization of punishment. Focusing on the colonial prisons built by the Japanese Empire in the first half of the twentieth century, it illuminates how punishment has been considered a subject of modernization, while the contemporary use of prisons as heritage tends to reduce the process of colonial modernity to oppression and atrocity – thus constituting a heritage of shame and death, which postcolonial societies blame upon the former colonizers. A study of how the remembering of punishment and imprisonment reflects the attempts of postcolonial cities to re-articulate an understanding of the present by correcting the past, Heritage, Memory, and Punishment examines how prisons were designed, built, partially demolished, preserved, and redeveloped across political regimes, demonstrating the ways in which the selective use of prisons as heritage, reframed through nationalism, leaves marks on urban contexts that remain long after the prisons themselves are decommissioned. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, geography, the built environment, and heritage with interests in memory studies and dark tourism.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Heritage-Memory-and-Punishment-Remembering-Colonial-Prisons-in-East-Asia/Huang-Lee/p/book/9781138628182

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    'Difficult Heritage' in Nation Building: South Korea and Post-Conflict Japanese Colonial Occupation Architecture

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Hyun Kyung Lee

    Publication Date: April 23, 2019

    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

    Summary: This book explores South Korean responses to the architecture of the Japanese colonial occupation of Korea and the ways that architecture illustrates the relationship between difficult heritage and the formation of national identity. Detailing the specific case of Seoul, Hyun Kyung Lee investigates how buildings are selectively destroyed, preserved, or reconstructed in order to either establish or challenge the cultural identity of places as new political orders are developed. In addition, she illuminates the Korean traditional concept of feng shui as a core indigenous framework for understanding the relationship between space and power, as it is associated with nation-building processes and heritagization.


    By providing a detailed study of a case little known outside of East Asia, ‘Difficult Heritage’ in Nation Building will expand the framework of Western-centered heritage research by introducing novel Asian perspectives.

    Publisher Link: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319663371

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    Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Aesthetics of Power

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Duane Jethro

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: In this book, Duane Jethro creates a framework for understanding the role of the senses in processes of heritage formation. He shows how the senses were important for crafting and successfully deploying new, nation-building heritage projects in South Africa during the postapartheid period. The book also highlights how heritage dynamics are entangled in evocative, changing sensory worlds. Jethro uses five case studies that correlate with the five main Western senses. Examples include touch and the ruination of a series of art memorials; how vision was mobilised to assert the authority of the state-sponsored Freedom Park project in Pretoria; how smell memories of apartheid-era social life in Cape Town informed contemporary struggles for belonging after forced removal; how taste informed debates about the attempted rebranding of Heritage Day as barbecue day; and how the sound of the vuvuzela, popularized during the FIFA 2010 Football World Cup, helped legitimize its unofficial African and South African heritage status.This book makes a valuable contribution to the field of sensory studies and, with its focus on aesthetics and material culture, is in sync with the broader material turn in the humanities.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Heritage-Formation-and-the-Senses-in-Post-Apartheid-South-Africa-Aesthetics/Jethro/p/book/9781350059771

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    Emotional Heritage: Visitor Engagement at Museums and Heritage Sites

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Laurajane Smith

    Publication Date: August 10, 2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Emotional Heritage brings the issues of affect and power in the theorisation of heritage to the fore, whilst also highlighting the affective and political consequences of heritage-making.


    Drawing on interviews with visitors to museums and heritage sites in the United States, Australia and England, Smith argues that obtaining insights into how visitors use such sites enables us to understand the impact and consequences of professional heritage and museological practices. The concept of registers of engagement is introduced to assess variations in how visitors use museums and sites that address national or dissonant histories and the political consequences of their use. Visitors are revealed as agents in the roles cultural institutions play in maintaining or challenging the political and social status quo. Heritage is, Smith argues, about people and their social situatedness and the meaning they, alongside or in concert with cultural institutions, make and mobilise to help them address social problems and expressions of identity and sense of place in and for the present.


    Academics, students and practitioners interested in theories of power and affect in museums and heritage sites will find Emotional Heritage to be an invaluable resource. Helping professionals to understand the potential impact of their practice, the book also provides insights into the role visitors play in the interplay between heritage and politics.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Emotional-Heritage-Visitor-Engagement-at-Museums-and-Heritage-Sites/Smith/p/book/9781138888654

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    The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme: Key Aspects and Recent Developments

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Ray Edmondson, Lothar Jordan and Anca Claudia Prodan (Eds.)

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG

    Summary: The volume “The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme: Key Aspects and Recent Developments” responds to the growing interest in the scientific study of the Memory of the World Programme (MoW) and its core concept of documentary heritage, which has received little attention from scholarship so far. This sixth publication in the Heritage Studies Series provides a first collection of differing approaches, including reflected reports, essays, research contributions, and theoretical reflections for the study of the MoW Programme, offering a basis for follow-up activities. The volume brings together 21 scholars from around the globe to present aspects deemed crucial for understanding MoW, its development, relevance and potential. The aim is to encourage academic research on MoW and to enhance the understanding of its potential and place within Heritage Studies and beyond.

    Publisher Link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-18441-4

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    Re-enchantment, Ritualization, Heritage-making: Processes Reconfiguring Tradition in Europe

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Cyril Isnart, Alessandro Testa

    Publication Date: 15.08.2020

    Publisher: Ethnologia Europaea

    Summary: Highlighting the important, but in research often neglected, experiential dimension of European traditions, this issue of Ethnologia Europaea contains a themed section edited by Cyril Isnart and Alessandro Testa, entitled Re-enchantment, Ritualization, Heritage-making: Processes Reconfiguring Tradition in Europe. It begins with an introduction by the guest editors outlining how these three concepts can open new vistas on research. They are exemplified in four research articles: Testa describes three ethnographic cases of ritualization from different parts of Europe, Isnart contemplates the dynamics of cultural heritage and religion in southern Europe, Eva Lafgren studies the reconstruction of churches in a secular society such as Sweden, and Pedro Antunes takes part in nocturnal rituals, singing for the souls in Portugal. The special section is concluded with a forum on the “hot topic” of tradition. In nine statements, prominent researchers from all over Europe reflect on how the perception and reframing of tradition specific to each of their intellectual cultures and professional networks are continuously challenged by their ethnographic experiences.

    Publisher Link: https://ee.openlibhums.org/issues/

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    Rituality and Social (Dis)Order: The Historical Anthropology of Popular Carnival in Europe

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Alessandro Testa

    Publication Date: 15.12.2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Carnival has been described as one of the foundational elements of European culture, bearing an emblematic and iconic status as the festive phenomenon par excellence. Its origins are partly obscure, but its stratified and complex history, rich symbolic diversity, and sundry social configurations make it an exceptional object of cultural analysis.

    The product of more than 12 years of research, this book is the first comparative historical anthropology of popular European Carnival in the English language, with a focus on its symbolic, religious, and political dimensions and transformations throughout the centuries. It builds on a variety of theories of social change and social structures, questioning existing assumptions about what folklore is and how cultural gaps and differences take shape and reproduce through ritual forms of collective action. It also challenges recent interpretations about the performative and political dimension of European festive culture, especially in its carnivalesque declension.

    While presenting and exploring the most important features and characteristics of European pre-modern Carnival and discussing its origins and developments, this thorough study offers fresh evidence and up-to-date analyses about its transversal and long-lasting significance in European societies.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Rituality-and-Social-DisOrder-The-Historical-Anthropology-of-Popular/Testa/p/book/9780367617226

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    Existir na cidade 2: memoria

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Clarissa Sanfelice Rahmeier and Pedro de Santi (organisers)

    Publication Date: 2019

    Publisher: Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing РṢo Paulo, Brasil.

    Summary: In this book scholars from several fields of Social and Human Sciences reflect on the relationship between memory and the life in the city. Drawing from case studies that range from Psychology to History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology and Digital Studies, the authors reflect on how memory is intertwined with the past, the present and the future of the city and of their inhabitants. The twelve chapters of the book provide an interdisciplinary approach to many aspects that constitute the core of heritage studies. The book is written in Portuguese and the authors are keen to expand their discussions to a broader audience if contacted. The book is available to download free of charge at www.eueooutro.org

    Publisher Link: www.eueooutro.org

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    Street Art in the Middle East

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Sabrina DeTurk

    Publication Date: 2019

    Publisher: I.B. Tauris

    Summary: Since the 2011 Arab Spring street art has been a vehicle for political discourse in the Middle East, and has generated much discussion in both the popular media and academia. Yet, this conversation has generalised street art and identified it as a singular form with identical styles and objectives throughout the region. Street art’s purpose is, however, defined by the socio-cultural circumstances of its production. Middle Eastern artists thus adopt distinctive methods in creating their individual work and responding to their individual environments. Here, in this new book, Sabrina De Turk employs rigorous visual analysis to explore the diversity of Middle Eastern street art and uses case studies of countries as varied as Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine, Bahrain and Oman to illustrate how geographic specifics impact upon its function and aesthetic. Her book will be of significant interest to scholars specialising in art from the Middle East and North Africa and those who bring an interdisciplinary perspective to Middle East studies.

    Publisher Link: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/street-art-in-the-middle-east-9781784539900/

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    Public Memory in the Context of Transnational Migration and Displacement: Migrants and Monuments

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Sabine Marschall (ed.)

    Publication Date: 01/07/2020

    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

    Summary: This book explores the border-transcending dimensions of public remembering by focussing on the triangular relationship between memory, monuments and migration. Framed by an introduction and conclusion, nine case studies located in diverse social and geo-political settings feature topical debates and contestation around monuments, statues and memorials erected by migrants or in memory of migrants, refugees and diasporas in host country societies. Written from different disciplinary perspectives including anthropology, art history, cultural studies and political science, the chapters consider displaced people as new, originally unintended audiences who bring transnational and transcultural perspectives to old monuments in host cities. In addition, migrants and diasporic communities are explored as “agents of memory”, who produce collective memory in tense environments of intra- and inter-group negotiation or outright hostility at the national and transnational level. The research is conceptually anchored in memory studies, notably transnational memory, multidirectional memory and other concepts emerging from memory studies’ recent “transcultural turn”.

    Publisher Link: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030413286

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    Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Linda A Newson, editor

    Publication Date: 06/04/2020

    Publisher: University of London Press

    Summary: The Jesuits’ colonial legacy in Latin America is well-known. They pioneered an interest in indigenous languages and cultures, explored the region’s natural history and made significant contributions to the development of science and medicine. In addition, they left a lasting legacy on the region’s architecture, art, and music.

    The volume demonstrates the diversity of Jesuit contributions to Latin American culture. This volume is unique in considering not only the range of Jesuit activities but also the diversity of perspectives from which they may be approached. It includes papers from scholars of history, linguistics, religion, art, architecture, music, medicine and science.

    Publisher Link: https://humanities-digital-library.org/index.php/hdl/catalog/book/jesuits

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    Urban Heritage in Divided Cities: Contested Pasts

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Mirjana Ristic and Sybille Frank (eds.)

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Routledge (Key issues in Cultural Heritage Series)

    Summary: ‘Urban Heritage in Divided Cities’ explores the role of contested urban heritage in mediating, subverting and overcoming sociopolitical conflict in divided cities. Investigating various examples of transformations of urban heritage around the world, the book analyses the spatial, social and political causes behind them, as well as the consequences for the division and reunification of cities during both wartime and peacetime conflicts.


    Contributors to the volume define urban heritage in a broad sense, as tangible elements of the city, such as ruins, remains of border architecture, traces of violence in public space and memorials, as well as intangible elements like urban voids, everyday rituals, place names and other forms of spatial discourse. Addressing both historic and contemporary cases from a wide range of academic disciplines, contributors to the book investigate the role of urban heritage in divided cities in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Shifting focus from the notion of urban heritage as a fixed and static legacy of the past, the volume demonstrates that the concept is a dynamic and transformable entity that plays an active role in inquiring, critiquing, subverting and transforming the present.


    ‘Urban Heritage in Divided Cities’ will be of great interest to academics, researchers and students in the fields of cultural studies, sociology, the political sciences, history, human geography, urban design and planning, architecture, archaeology, ethnology and anthropology. The book should also be essential reading for professionals who are involved in governing, planning, designing and transforming urban heritage around the world.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Heritage-in-Divided-Cities-Contested-Pasts/Ristic-Frank/p/book/9781138624870

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    International Heritage Law for Communities: Exclusion and Re-Imagination

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Lucas Lixinski

    Publication Date: 2019

    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Summary: This book critically engages the shortcomings of the field of international heritage law, seen through the lenses of the five major UNESCO treaties for the safeguarding of different types of heritage. It argues that these five treaties have, by design or in their implementation, effectively prevented local communities, who bear the brunt of the costs associated with international heritage protection, from having a say in how their heritage is managed. The exclusion of local communities often alienates them not only from international decision-making processes but also from their cultural heritage itself, ultimately meaning that systems put in place for the protection of cultural heritage contribute to its disappearance in the long term. The book adds to existing literature by looking at these UNESCO treaties not as isolated regimes, which is the common practice in the field, but rather as belonging to a discursive continuum on cultural heritage. Rather than scrutinizing the regimes themselves, the book focuses on themes that cut across the relevant UNESCO regimes, such as the use of expert rule in international heritage law, economics, and the relationship between heritage and the environment. It uses this mechanism to highlight the blind spots and unintended consequences of UNESCO treaties and how choices made in their drafting have continuing and potentially negative impacts on how we think about and safeguard heritage. The book is of interest to cultural heritage scholars and practitioners across all disciplines, as well as to international lawyers interested in the dynamics of fragmented subfields.

    Publisher Link: https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198843306.001.0001/oso-9780198843306

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    The 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention: A Commentary

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Janet Blake and Lucas Lixinski (editors)

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Summary: Recent years have seen a proliferation in multilateral form instruments that attempt to define and protect cultural heritage. Signed by 170 different states, the 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention is the most significant and wide ranging. The aims of the legislation are to protect the traditional practices, expressions, knowledge, and skills that together form the mosaic of a community’s culture, and its ratification has led to a dynamic discourse over how best to conserve cultural heritage. This book bring together a team of experts to answer the key questions in this area. Providing an overview of the historical development of the instrument, the chapters move through each article of the legislation, examining its interpretation, the relevant jurisprudence, and persuasive critical assessments, in a text which will be of critical importance to academics and practitioners alike.

    Publisher Link: https://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law/9780198824787.001.0001/law-9780198824787

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    Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef: Aesthetics, Heritage, and the Senses

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Celmara Pocock

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef explores how visitor encounters have shaped the history and heritage of the Reef. Moving beyond the visual aesthetic significance, the book highlights the importance of multi-sensuous experiences in understanding the region as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


    Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, the book describes how visitors have experienced the Great Barrier Reef through personal embodied encounters and the mechanisms they have used to understand, access and share these experiences with others. Illustrating how such experiences contribute to a knowledge of place, Pocock also explores the vital role of reproduction and photography in sharing experiences with those who have never been there. The second part of the book analyses visitor experiences and demonstrates how they underpin three key frames through which the Reef is understood and valued: the islands as paradise, the underwater coral gardens, and the singular Great Barrier Reef. Acknowledging that these constructs are increasingly removed from human experience, Pocock demonstrates that they are nevertheless integral to recognition of the region as a World Heritage Site.


    Demonstrating how experiences of the Reef have changed over time, Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef should be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of heritage studies, history and tourism. It should also be of interest to heritage practitioners working around the globe.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Visitor-Encounters-with-the-Great-Barrier-Reef-Aesthetics-Heritage-and/Pocock/p/book/9781138049918

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    Heritage and Sustainable Urban Transformations: Deep Cities

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Kalliopi Fouseki, Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen and Grete Swensen

    Publication Date: 2019

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Heritage and Sustainable Urban Transformations introduces the concept of “deep cities”, a novel approach to the understanding and management of sustainable historic cities that will advance knowledge about how the long-term, temporal and transformative character of urban heritage can be better integrated into urban policies for sustainable futures. Contrary to the growing emphasis on green or smart cities, which focus only on the present and future, the concept of “deep cities” offers an approach that combines an in-depth understanding of the past with the present and future.


    Bringing together chapters that cover theoretical, methodological and management issues related to “deep cities”, the volume argues that using this approach will force researchers, managers and consultants to actively use the heritage and history of a city in the planning and management of sustainable cities. Exploring different definitions of “deep cities”, the book reveals varying and sometimes conflicting views among stakeholders concerning how, where and when the depth of a city should be conceptualized. Despite this, the book demonstrates how this new approach can help to create robust cities for the future, as new and innovative solutions are combined with the preservation and strengthening of historical features.


    Heritage and Sustainable Urban Transformations is the first international collection on the subject of sustainable historic cities. As such, the book will be of great interest to academics and students engaged in the study of heritage, heritage management, architecture, heritage conservation, anthropology, development studies, geography, planning and archaeology.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Heritage-and-Sustainable-Urban-Transformations-Deep-Cities-1st-Edition/Fouseki-Guttormsen-Swensen/p/book/9781138615274

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    Heritage, Photography, and the Affective Past

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Colin Sterling

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Heritage, Photography, and the Affective Past critically examines the production, consumption, and interpretation of photography across various heritage domains, from global image archives to the domestic arena of the family album. Through original ethnographic and archival research, the book sheds new light on the role photography has played in the emergence, expansion, and articulation of heritage in diverse sociocultural contexts.


    Drawing on wide-ranging experience across the heritage sector and two international case studies-Angkor in Cambodia and the town of Famagusta, Cyprus-the book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the role photography has played and continues to play in shaping experiences and conceptualisations of heritage. One of the core aims of the book is to problematise and potentially redirect the varied usages of photography within current practice, usages which remain woefully undertheorised, despite their often-central role in shaping heritage. Ultimately, by focusing attention on a hitherto underexamined aspect of the heritage phenomenon, namely its manifold interconnections with photography, this book provides fresh insight to the making and remaking of the past in the present, and the alternative heritages that might come into being around emergent photographic forms and approaches.


    Heritage, Photography, and the Affective Past  uses photography as a method of enquiry as well as a tool of documentation. It will be of interest to scholars and students of heritage, photography, anthropology, museology, public archaeology, and tourism. The book will also be a valuable resource for heritage practitioners working around the globe.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Heritage-Photography-and-the-Affective-Past-1st-Edition/Sterling/p/book/9780367135577

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    Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage: Beyond and Between Borders

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Alexandra Dellios and Eureka Henrich

    Publication Date: 01/07/2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage explores the role heritage has played in representing, contesting and negotiating the history and politics of ethnic, migrant, multicultural, diasporic or “other” heritages in, within, between and beyond nations and national boundaries.


    Containing contributions from academics and professionals working across a range of fields, this volume contends that, in the face of various global “crises”, the role of heritage is especially important: it is a stage for the negotiation of shifting identities and for the rewriting of traditions and historical narratives of belonging and becoming. As a whole, the book connects and further develops methodological and theoretical discourses that can fuel and inform practice and social outcomes. It also examines the unique opportunities, challenges and limitations that various actors encounter in their efforts to preserve, identify, assess, manage, interpret and promote heritage pertaining to the experience and history of migration and migrant groups.


    Bringing together diverse case studies of migration and migrants in cultural heritage practice, Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage will be of great interest to academics and students engaged in the study of heritage and museums, as well as those working in the fields of memory studies, public history, anthropology, archaeology, tourism and cultural studies.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Migrant-Multicultural-and-Diasporic-Heritage-Beyond-and-Between-Borders/Dellios-Henrich/p/book/9780367348465#.Xxa4QuDP-iQ.twitter

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    Do americanismo ao interamericanismo: uma história transnacional da constituição de mundos modernos no Brasil (From Americanism to Inter-Americanism: a transnational history of the constitution of modern worlds in Brazil)

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Walter Francisco Figueiredo Lowande

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: IFCH-UNICAMP

    Summary: Based on an interregional controversy in 1936 over the creation of a federal agency for the preservation of historical and artistic heritage in Brazil, the book explores the production of subjects and objects of updated modernities within a extensive transnational network that has expanded and adapted rhizomatically to new scenarios. To understand this process, the transnational circulation of the conceptual pair civilisation/culture is observed in two different configurations: the Americanist and the Interamericanist. The book treats these concepts as actants, that is, as any other mediator responsible for the proliferation of modern worlds through the work of translation and purification that constitute the ontological split between subjectivities and objectivities characteristic of modernity. In its Americanist configuration, “civilisation” was taken as the set of achievements of the different cultures of the globe taken on an equal footing, thus creating a project of modernity that differed from the universalist and racist conceptions of the 19th century. Produced in the midst of a transnational network that counted on the presence of anthropologists such as Franz Boas, Karl von den Steinen, Erland Nordenskiöld and Paul Rivet, Americanism depended on the dialogue with existing anthropological institutions in Latin America and had their own modernising desires, for example the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro and the Department of Culture of São Paulo. These networks were crossed by the Second World War, which put Americanist anthropology at the service of the war effort. Latin American “cultures” needed to be known so that the US politicians and intellectuals could integrate them into a civilisational process, which they aimed to lead, in order to move those Republics away from Nazism. Rather than perceiving this Inter-American project, to which Americanist anthropology was also submitted, as yet another imperialist strategy, the intellectual groups responsible for formulating the idea of Brazilian cultural heritage saw in these new inter-American networks an opportunity to strengthen projects that were internally threatened by the authoritarian expansion of the organicist conception of the New State’s national identity. Although these are not the only modern worlds that were constituted in Brazil in the first half of the twentieth century, the transnational networks followed in this book are fundamental to understanding how the country’s heritage policies are a tributary of these controversies.

    Publisher Link: https://www.ifch.unicamp.br/publicacoes/pub/livros/2193

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    My Life as a Replica: St John's Cross, Iona

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Sally Foster with Sian Jones

    Publication Date: 01/03/2020

    Publisher: Windgather

    Summary: In 1970 a concrete replica of the St John’s Cross arrived in Iona sitting incongruously on the deck of a puffer delivering the island’s annual supply of coal. What is the story behind this intriguing replica? How does it relate to the world’s first ringed “Celtic cross”, an artistic and technical masterpiece, which has been at the heart of the Iona experience since the eighth century? What does it tell us about the authenticity and value of replicas?


    In this fascinating book, Foster and Jones draw on extensive interdisciplinary research to reveal the composite biography of the St John’s Cross, its concrete replica, and its many other scale copies.  They show that replicas can acquire rich forms of authenticity and value, informed by social relations, craft practices, creativity, place and materiality. Thus, the book challenges traditional precepts that seek authenticity in qualities intrinsic to original historic objects. Replicas are shown to be important objects in their own right, with their own creative, human histories and biographies that people can connect with.  The story of the St John’s Cross celebrates how replicas can “work” for us if we let them, particularly if clues are available about their makers’ passion, creativity and craft.

    Publisher Link: https://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/my-life-as-a-replica.html

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    Geocultural Power: China's quest to revive the Silk Roads for the twenty-first century

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Tim Winter

    Publication Date: 2019

    Publisher: The University of Chicago Press

    Summary: Launched in 2013, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is forging connections in infrastructure, trade, energy, finance, tourism, and culture across Eurasia and Africa. This extraordinarily ambitious strategy places China at the center of a geography of overland and maritime connectivity stretching across more than sixty countries and incorporating almost two-thirds of the world’s population. But what does it mean to revive the Silk Roads for the twenty-first century?


    Geocultural Power explores this question by considering how China is couching its strategy for building trade, foreign relations, and energy and political security in an evocative topography of history. Until now Belt and Road has been discussed as a geopolitical and geoeconomic project. This book introduces geocultural power to the analysis of international affairs. Tim Winter highlights how many countries – including Iran, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and others – are revisiting their histories to find points of diplomatic and cultural connection. Through the revived Silk Roads, China becomes the new author of Eurasian history and the architect of the bridge between East and West. In a diplomatic dance of forgetting, episodes of violence, invasion, and bloodshed are left behind for a language of history and heritage that crosses borders in ways that further the trade ambitions of an increasingly networked China-driven economy.

    Publisher Link: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/G/bo43233616.html

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    Staging Indigenous Heritage: Instrumentalisation, Brokerage, and Representation in Malaysia

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Yunci Cai

    Publication Date: 13/08/2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Staging Indigenous Heritage examines the cultural politics of four Indigenous cultural villages in Malaysia. Demonstrating that such villages are often beset with the politics of brokerage and representation, the book shows that this reinforces a culture of dependency on the brokers.


    By critically examining the relationship between Indigenous tourism and development through the establishment of Indigenous cultural villages, the book addresses the complexities of adopting the “culture for development” paradigm as a developmental strategy. Demonstrating that the opportunities for self-representation and self-determination can become entwined with the politics of brokerage and the contradictory dualism of culture, it becomes clear that this can both facilitate and compromise their intended outcomes. Challenging the simplistic conceptualisation of Indigenous communities as harmonious and unified wholes, the book shows how Indigenous cultures are actively forged, struggled over, and negotiated in contemporary Malaysia.


    Confronting the largely positive rhetoric in current discourses on the benefits of community-based cultural projects, Staging Indigenous Heritage should be essential reading for academics and students in the fields of museum studies, cultural heritage studies, Indigenous studies, development studies, tourism, anthropology, and geography. The book should also be of interest to museum and heritage professionals around the world.

    Publisher Link: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429053627

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    Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage: Beyond and Between Borders

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Alexandra Dellios and Eureka Henrich

    Publication Date: 21/07/2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage explores the role heritage has played in representing, contesting and negotiating the history and politics of ethnic, migrant, multicultural, diasporic or “other” heritages in, within, between and beyond nations and national boundaries.


    Containing contributions from academics and professionals working across a range of fields, this volume contends that, in the face of various global “crises”, the role of heritage is especially important: it is a stage for the negotiation of shifting identities and for the rewriting of traditions and historical narratives of belonging and becoming. As a whole, the book connects and further develops methodological and theoretical discourses that can fuel and inform practice and social outcomes. It also examines the unique opportunities, challenges and limitations that various actors encounter in their efforts to preserve, identify, assess, manage, interpret and promote heritage pertaining to the experience and history of migration and migrant groups.


    Bringing together diverse case studies of migration and migrants in cultural heritage practice, Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage will be of great interest to academics and students engaged in the study of heritage and museums, as well as those working in the fields of memory studies, public history, anthropology, archaeology, tourism and cultural studies.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Migrant-Multicultural-and-Diasporic-Heritage-Beyond-and-Between-Borders/Dellios-Henrich/p/book/9780367348465

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    European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Areti Galani, Rhiannon Mason, Gabi Arrigoni (eds)

    Publication Date: 09/07/2019

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices focuses on the intersection of heritage, dialogue and digital culture in the context of Europe. It responds to the increased emphasis on the potential for heritage and digital technologies to foster dialogue and engender communitarian identities in Europe.


    The chapters in this volume critically engage with the role of digital technology in heritage work and its association with ideas of democratisation, multivocality and possibilities for feedback and dialogic engagement in the emerging digital public sphere. They draw on both analysis of policy, theoretical ideas and diverse fieldwork involving digital and dialogical practice in several European museums and heritage organisations. The contributing authors map out the complex landscape of digitally mediated heritage practices in Europe, both official and unofficial, by capturing three distinct areas of practice: (a) perceptions and applications of digitally mediated dialogues around heritage within European museums and cultural policy, (b) facilitation of dialogue between European museums and communities through participatory design approaches, and (c) non-official mobilisation of heritage on social media. The volume also includes three ‘artefact vignettes’ that discuss design interventions developed by the authors that respond to the emerging issues.


    The volume is free to access world-wide under gold open access.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/European-Heritage-Dialogue-and-Digital-Practices/Galani-Mason-Arrigoni/p/book/9780367148065 (Gold open access)

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    Building a Common Past: World Heritage in Russia under Transformation, 1965 – 2000

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Corinne Geering

    Publication Date: 01/11/2019

    Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

    Summary: How did a kremlin, a fortified monastery or a wooden church in Russia become part of the heritage of the entire world? This book traces the development of international cooperation in conservation since the 1960s, highlighting the role of experts and sites from the Soviet Union and later the Russian Federation in UNESCO and ICOMOS. Despite the ideological divide, the notion of world heritage gained momentum in the decades following World War II. Divergent interests at the local, national and international levels had to be negotiated when shaping the Soviet and Russian cultural heritage displayed to the world. The socialist discourse of world heritage was re-evaluated during perestroika and re-integrated as UNESCO World Heritage in a new state and international order in the 1990s.

    Publisher Link: https://www.vandenhoeck-ruprecht-verlage.com/themen-entdecken/geschichte/osteuropaeische-geschichte/51855/building-a-common-past

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    "Preservation's Expanded Field" in Doing Public Humanities

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Marisa Angell Brown (Contributor)

    Publication Date: 01/07/2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Preservation practice and the public humanities have large areas of overlap, and these synchronicities are growing as preservation becomes more interpretive, more interdisciplinary, more experimental, more participatory, and more engaged with social and political issues as they relate to place — and as the “spatial turn” within the humanities has centered the study and use of place.  This essay argues that preservation is at a pivotal point of transformation, that the disciplinary borders of the field are shifting, and that deep structural change within the field is required in its practice, curriculum and culture.  It suggests that the expanding transdisciplinary “field” of the public humanities — which links critical thinking and creative practice in the humanities with public engagement and community co-creation — provides a model for this new preservation practice.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Doing-Public-Humanities/Smulyan/p/book/9780367500177

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    Conflict, Heritage and World-Making in the Chaco: War at the End of the Worlds?

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Esther Breithoff

    Publication Date: 06/08/2020

    Publisher: UCL Press

    Summary: Conflict, Heritage and World-Making in the Chaco documents and interprets the physical remains and afterlives of the Chaco War (1932-35) – known as South America’s first “modern” armed conflict – in what is now present-day Paraguay. It focuses not only on archaeological remains as conventionally understood, but takes an ontological approach to heterogeneous assemblages of objects, texts, practices and landscapes shaped by industrial war and people’s past and present engagements with them. These assemblages could be understood to constitute a “dark heritage”, the debris of a failed modernity. Yet it is clear that they are not simply dead memorials to this bloody war, but have been, and continue to be active in making, unmaking and remaking worlds – both for the participants and spectators of the war itself, as well as those who continue to occupy and live amongst the vast accretions of war matériel which persist in the present.


    Framing the study as an exploration of modern, industrialised warfare as Anthropocene “hyperobject” (Morton 2013), Breithoff shows how the material culture and heritage of modern conflict fuse together objects, people and landscapes, connecting them physically and conceptually across vast, almost unimaginable distances and time periods. She offers a unique perspective on the heritage of conflict, the natural environment, practices of recycling, the concept of time, and the idea of the “Anthropocene” itself, as seen through the lens of the material legacies of war, which remain firmly and stubbornly embedded in the present and which continue to actively shape the future.


    The book makes a major contribution to key debates in anthropology, archaeology, environmental humanities, critical heritage and material culture studies on the significance of conflict in understanding the Anthropocene, and the roles played by its persistent heritages in assembling worlds.

    Publisher Link: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/152893

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    The Vanishing World of The Islandman: Narrative and Nostalgia

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Máiréad Nic Craith

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Springer

    Summary: Exploring An t-Oileánach (anglicised as The Islandman), an indigenous Irish-language memoir written by Tomás Ó Criomhthain (Tomás O’Crohan), Máiréad Nic Craith charts the development of Ó Criomhthain as an author; the writing, illustration, and publication of the memoir in Irish; and the reaction to its portrayal of an authentic, Gaelic lifestyle in Ireland. As she probes the appeal of an island fisherman’s century-old life-story to readers in several languages—considering the memoir’s global reception in human, literary and artistic terms—Nic Craith uncovers the indelible marks of Ó Criomhthain’s writing closer to home: the Blasket Island Interpretive Centre, which seeks to institutionalize the experience evoked by the memoir, and a widespread writerly habit amongst the diasporic population of the Island. Through the overlapping frames of literary analysis, archival work, interviews, and ethnographic examination, nostalgia emerges and re-emerges as a central theme, expressed in different ways by the young Irish state, by Irish-American descendants of Blasket Islanders in the US today, by anthropologists, and beyond.

    Publisher Link: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030257743

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    Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Ullrich Kockel, Cristina Clopot, Baiba Tjarve, Máiréad Nic Craith

    Publication Date: 2020

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: Heritage and Festivals in Europe critically investigates the purpose, reach and effects of heritage festivals. Providing a comprehensive and detailed analysis of comparatively selected aspects of intangible cultural heritage, the volume demonstrates how such heritage is mobilised within events that have specific agency, particularly in the production and consumption of intrinsic and instrumental benefits for tourists, local communities and performers.


    Bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines, the volume presents case studies from across Europe that consider many different varieties of heritage festivals. Focusing primarily on the popular and institutional practices of heritage making, the book addresses the gap between discourses of heritage at an official level and cultural practice at the local and regional level. Contributors to the volume also study the different factors influencing the sustainable development of tradition as part of intangible cultural heritage at the micro- and meso-levels, and examine underlying structures that are common across different countries.


    Heritage and Festivals in Europe takes a multidisciplinary approach and as such, should be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of heritage studies, tourism, performing arts, cultural studies and identity studies. Policymakers and practitioners throughout Europe should also find much to interest them within the pages of this volume.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/Heritage-and-Festivals-in-Europe-Performing-Identities-1st-Edition/Kockel-Clopot-Tjarve-Craith/p/book/9780367186760

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    The Heritage Turn in China: The Reinvention, Dissemination and Consumption of Heritage

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Carol Ludwig, Linda Walton & Yi-Wen Wang

    Publication Date: 16/06/2020

    Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

    Summary: The Heritage Turn in China: The Reinvention, Dissemination and Consumption of Heritage focuses on heritage discourse and practice in China today as it has evolved from the “heritage turn” that can be dated to the 1990s. Using a variety of disciplinary approaches to regionally and topically diverse case studies, the contributors to this edited volume show how particular versions of the past are selected, (re)invented, disseminated and consumed for contemporary purposes. These studies explore how the Chinese state utilises heritage not only for tourism, entertainment, educational and commercial purposes, but also as part of broader political strategies on both the national and international stage. Together, they argue that the Chinese state deploys modes of heritage governance to construct new modernities while strengthening collective national identity in support of both its political legitimacy and its claim to status as an international superpower. The authors also consider ways in which state management of heritage is contested by some stakeholders whose embrace of heritage has a different purpose and meaning.

    Publisher Link: https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789462985667/the-heritage-turn-in-china

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    «Vesper. Rivista di architettura, arti e teoria | Journal of Architecture, Arts & Theory» – No. 1 Supervenice

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Editor: Sara Marini

    Publication Date: Fall-Winter 2019

    Publisher: Quodlibet

    Summary: Venice is well-known, its identity is so familiar to be considered obvious, summarized as if it were a replicable logo: the city shows its face leaving behind its backbone. Here gold and mud blend together, moulding a multifaceted document. In Venice an endless interchange between real and imaginary, original and fake, tiny and huge, powerful and fragile endures, while we look at the city as a shimmering object.

    The alter ego of what is well-known and obvious becomes superlative, since it exceeds predetermined standards; furthermore, it represents the inconceivable condensed in the prefix of another language as it is revealed only when one leaves the city and looks at it from above. Suddenly actions, projects, works and methods arise from its established image moving the city towards another dimension, transfiguring it. This (super) slow wind blows through Venice but does not change it: Venice continues to offer its well-known face to the mirror that every day reflects it. Challenging that wind to go deeply inside the object, means diving into the detours and contradictions of Supervenice, at least for the time of a story on paper. Venice is constantly designed and painstakingly ‘preserved’, fortuitously born in a hostile land that denies any rules of contemporary sustainability; since its foundation Venice has been built on desires and fears. The city faces the remains of the largest industrial area in Europe. A bibliographic hypertrophy lays against the material trace of 20th century modernity: a gigantic ideal library has been created by measuring the most erratic and moody city of the Western World. Even if Marco Polo found Venice boring “so boring he did not want to return from his long journey”, its stability depends on the Sirocco and the moon, like in an Oriental environment. This primordial indeterminacy makes Venice a valuable laboratory “that would not be possible elsewhere“ to reflect upon critical issues for up-coming future. The context changes and, with it, certainty wavers. This is the time to reopen the paths of research and project: Supervenice digs into an all too well-known territory in order to extract its anachronical genealogies. The super alter ego of Venice is a giant bubble that suspends Time while Space wavers: what remains is the space of project.


    “Vesper” is a six-monthly, multidisciplinary and bilingual (Italian and English) journal which deals with the relationships between forms and processes of thought and of design. Gazing into the dusk, when light slowly merges with darkness and the illuminating object is no longer visible, Vesper aims to interpret the act of designing through tracing and revealing the movement of transformation. Pythagoras identified in the planet Venus both the evening star (Hesperos) and the morning star (Phosphoros), assigning the two names to the same star observed in different temporal conditions. Vesper thus states a perspective rather than an object, privileging the condition that defines its status. Rather than the sharp light of dawn, heralding a brand-new day and promising a brighter future, it is the twilight that allows you to have a glimpse at the potential of what is already there.

    Following the tradition of Italian paper journals, Vesper revives it by hosting a wide spectrum of narratives, welcoming different writings and styles, privileging the visual intelligence of design, of graphic expression, of images and contaminations between different languages.

    The journal is conceived as a series of thematic issues that build a discourse on the contemporary. Each issue is divided into sections that offer a range of diverse perspectives on the theme analysed: editorial, quote, project, tale, lecture, essay, extra, translation, archive, journey, ring, tutorial, dictionary. Throughout the different sections, reverberations between ideas and reality change, connections emerge between tangible facts and their potentials, transformative prospects, collective perception. The principal aim of these sections is not to provide instant news, but to offer an in-depth investigation of different instances of design and to provide tools and materials that have a long-lasting effect.

    Publisher Link: http://www.iuav.it/vesperjournal


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    Intervención. International Journal of Conservation, Restoration and Museography

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Cintia Velázquez-Marroni

    Publication Date: Forthcoming in September 2020

    Publisher: Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía (National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography), Mexico

    Summary: Intervención is an open access, peer reviewed academic journal on areas of conservation, restoration and museography, recognized in a range of indexes and data bases. It has been published uninterruptedly por 10 years and thus, as a celebration of this achievement, the journal is undergoing a renewal process. The presentation will address the New Age of the Journal, that has two main novelties: first, it will now be 100% digital, and second (and very relevant for ACHS members), it will now be 100% bilingual (English and Spanish). We thus seek to bridge knowledge production across different geographical areas and academic traditions. Hispanic-speaking academic knowledge generally remains an untapped source for English-speaking academics, and vice-verse. With these ambitious changes, Intervención seeks to positively foster knowledge exchange and dialogue at an international level. No. 21 (the first from the New Age) will be published in late September. In the presentation, we want to inform about the novelties of the journal, whilst inviting potential contributions for the Call for papers for no. 22 to be published by the end of the year.

    Publisher Link: https://revistaintervencion.inah.gob.mx/index.php/intervencion/about

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    Does heritage exist? Meanings of Vila Itororó [O patrimônio existe? Sentidos da Vila Itororó]

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Vivian Barbour

    Publication Date: 2019

    Publisher: Editora Letramento

    Summary: The recognition process of Vila Itororó as heritage is the chosen path to understand Sao Paulo´s heritage policies from the 1970s until the 2010s, specially when it comes to the construction of meanings of heritage and its relation to the city. The analysis begins when Vila enters the public agenda, in the broader scenario of Sao Paulo zoning policy and it ends when Vila´s last residents are removed, so that the project of a cultural centre to the site, idealized in 1974, can take place. Through this period, the case shows us the pendulous path that defines Brazilian heritage policies, between transformation and permanence.

    This book presents the tension between the emergence of new theoretical baggage in heritage studies and the difficulties of its implementation among old institutional practices and authorized agents and experts. Also, it shows the strained process in which Vila´s values were constructed: as an isolated monumental site – therefore, as a heritage site considered by itself – or as an element inserted in the urban fabric – from which it gets its meanings and roles, as part of the urban planning.

    The main chapters of Vila Itororó as an object of public policies are studied in this book: in the 1970s, when Vila was part of a broader work of zoning and urban planning; in the 1980s, when Vila´s recognition process as heritage was openned by the Cultural Heritage State Council; between the 1980s and the 1990s, through the work developed around the National Contest of Ideas for Urban Renovation and Preservation of Bexiga and its relation to the opening of Bexiga´s recognition process as heritage at the municipal level, in which Vila was included; and in the 2000s, with the declaration of public utility of Vila Itororó and the beginning of the process of confrontation and removal of its residents.

    Through all this time, the dispute regarding the values and meanings of Vila Itororó gives light to the prominence heritage sites have on the construction of urban fabric, specially when it comes to its destination and its use. This paradigmatic case evidences the urgency of inserting heritage policies in the broader field of urban policy, as a necessary path to overcome excluding and elitist preservation projects. The tension between the maintenance and the overcoming of hegemonic discourses of heritage is central in this study, and it shows the necessity of designing heritage policies that guarantee both material and social preservation.

    Publisher Link: https://www.editoraletramento.com.br/produto/o-patrimonio-existe-sentidos-da-vila-itororo-381

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    The Cultural Turn in International Aid: Impacts and Challenges for Heritage and the Creative Industries

    Author(s) or Editor(s): Sophia Labadi

    Publication Date: 01/10/2019

    Publisher: Routledge

    Summary: The Cultural Turn in International Aid is one of the first volumes to analyse a wide and comprehensive range of issues related to culture and international aid in a critical and constructive manner. Assessing why international aid is provided for cultural projects, rather than for other causes, the book also considers whether and how donor funded cultural projects can address global challenges, including post-conflict recovery, building peace and security, strengthening resilience, or promoting human rights.


    With contributions from experts around the globe, this volume critically assesses the impact of international aid, including the diverse power relations and inequalities it creates, and the interests it serves at international, national and local levels. The book also considers projects that have failed and analyses the reasons for their failure, drawing out lessons learnt and considering what could be done better in the future. Contributors to the volume also consider the influence of donors in privileging some forms of culture over others, creating or maintaining specific memories, identities, and interpretations of history, and their reasons for doing so. These rich discussions are contextualised through a historical section, which considers the definitions, approaches and discourses related to culture and aid at international and regional levels.

    Publisher Link: https://www.routledge.com/The-Cultural-Turn-in-International-Aid-Impacts-and-Challenges-for-Heritage/Labadi/p/book/9780815382294