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)”