CONF: Heritage Protection after 1945 (Exeter, 21-22 Nov 17)

State Socialism, Heritage Experts and Internationalism in Heritage Protection after 1945
Reed Hall, University of Exeter, UK, November 21 – 22, 2017

CONFERENCE SYNOPSIS

Histories of heritage usually perceive their object of study as a product of western modernity, and exclude the socialist world. Yet, understood as a cultural practice and an instrument of cultural power, and as a “right and a resource”, heritage has played important roles in managing the past and present in many societies and systems. In the postwar period, preservation became a key element of culture in socialist and non-aligned states from China, the Soviet Union, and the Eastern Bloc to Asia, Latin America and Africa. Attention paid to the peoples’ traditions and heritage became a way to manifest the superiority and historical necessity of socialist development. However, the contribution of socialist states and experts to the development of the idea of heritage is still to be fully excavated. Continue reading “CONF: Heritage Protection after 1945 (Exeter, 21-22 Nov 17)”

CFP: The Cultural Heritage of Europe @ 2018 (Paris, 4-6 Jun 18)

Call for Papers
The Cultural Heritage of Europe @ 2018 – Re-assessing a Concept – Re-defining its Challenges

Paris
Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA)
June 4 – 05, 2018

Deadline: Nov 10, 2017

International Conference organized by

LabEx “Écrire une Histoire Nouvelle de l’Europe”, University Paris-Sorbonne

Concept: Michael Falser, visiting professor, University Paris-Sorbonne (2018) with Dany Sandron, professor, University Paris-Sorbonne

Today’s globalized concept of cultural heritage is often understood as a product of European modernity with its 19th-century emergence of territorially fixed nation-states and collective identity constructions. Within the theoretical overlap of the disciplines of history (of art), archaeology and architecture cultural properties and built monuments were identified and embedded into gradually institutionalized protection systems. In the colonial context up to the mid-20th century this specific conception of cultural heritage was transferred to non-European contexts, internationalized in the following decades after the WWII and taken as universal. Continue reading “CFP: The Cultural Heritage of Europe @ 2018 (Paris, 4-6 Jun 18)”

CFP: Heritage Protection after 1945 (Exeter, 21 – 22 Nov 17)

University of Exeter, November 21 – 22, 2017
Deadline: Jun 20, 2017

State Socialism, Heritage Experts and Internationalism in Heritage Protection after 1945

Histories of heritage usually perceive their object of study as a product of western modernity, and exclude the socialist world. Yet, understood as a cultural practice and an instrument of cultural power, and as a “right and a resource”, heritage has played important roles in managing the past and present in many societies and systems. In the postwar period, preservation became a key element of culture in socialist and non-aligned states from China, the Soviet Union, and the Eastern Bloc to Asia, Latin America and Africa. Attention paid to the peoples’ traditions and heritage became a way to manifest the superiority and historical necessity of socialist development. However, the contribution of socialist states and experts to the development of the idea of heritage is still to be fully excavated.

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