Implications of Values-Based Approaches to Cultural Heritage Management and Conservation III

Start: Mar 19, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

UCL Institute of Archaeology

A series of workshops exploring heritage values and their implications for cultural heritage management and conservation will take place at the Institute, the third of which is scheduled for 19 March.

Session 3: The Object of Heritage Conservation and Management

  • What Are They Managing? Heritage Politics
    Gai Jorayev
    (Centre for Applied Archaeology)
    This presentation will discuss examples of how heritage values are prioritised and quantified differently by different stakeholders and raise the issue of continuity, or the lack thereof, in management and conservation as heritage value fluctuates according to short-term ideological attention. Through several case studies, light will be shed on the role of political motivations in evaluating heritage assets, and the question asked: What are heritage specialists managing – the expectations of the system or heritage as they see it?
  • Cultural Heritage in Divided Societies: Tensions and Challenges
    Anastasia Voronkova and Harald Fredheim (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
    Proponents of values-based heritage management and conservation theory are increasingly emphasising the prioritisation of local and minority stakeholder concerns and values. However, cultural heritage plays an important role in the formation of national identities and the justification of modern nation states; in the current political climate where the validity of national boundaries are increasingly under scrutiny, the political nature of heritage is inescapable. This presentation will question whether conserving and promoting divergent heritage necessarily has a nationally destabilising effect in light of the ICOMOS Declaration of San Antonio.

    Drawing on case studies from Armenian cultural heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh and some other regions in the South Caucasus, it will be demonstrated how the destruction or preservation of cultural heritage impacts upon intercommunal and state-society relations in the region. It will be argued that the issue of preservation of cultural heritage is particularly acute in societies divided along cultural, ethnic, religious, linguistic and/or other lines. In those contexts at least three broad controversial issues will be identified that have significant implications for how actual and potential conflicts can be managed and/or resolved: how states define what cultural heritage is and the ways in which those definitions impact upon self-perceptions of the constituent communities and their distinctiveness from the 'Other'; the extreme unease, and frequently virtual impossibility of multiple cultural heritages coexisting within these communities, and what external actors can do to diversify and change the zero-sum nature of the interpretations of cultural heritage; the consequences that the destruction of cultural heritage have for these societies.
Round Table Session

The discussion and workshop session will explore the purpose of cultural heritage management and re-examine the prioritisation of heritage values in light of the politicisation of heritage. The extent to which heritage conservators and managers should engage with the politicisation of heritage will be discussed, as will the potential for judgments of "right and wrong" within a values-based framework.

Informal Research Presentations

There will be an opportunity to present ongoing research or research ideas in an informal setting in an effort to provide a forum for interdisciplinary feedback and facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary research projects. Please contact Harald Fredheim if you wish to discuss your research.

The series will focus on the nature of heritage values and the broader implications of values based approaches in cultural landscapes, urban environments, archaeological sites, historic buildings & monuments, museum collections and cultural artefacts. It will include perspectives from a broad range of disciplines such as, anthropology, archaeology, art history, human geography, town planning, architecture, cultural economics, international development, tourism, human rights, environmental sustainability, cultural politics and art.

It is hoped that this series will form the basis of future interdisciplinary collaborative research projects related to heritage values.

All UCL staff and students welcome.

For more information, contact Harald Fredheim (leif.fredheim.12@ucl.ac.uk)

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