Heritage: Critical Approaches

17 December 2012

Heritage: Critical Approaches

Rodney Harrison's latest book 'Heritage: Critical Approaches', which unravels the relationship between heritage and the experience of late modernity, was published recently by Routledge.

Historic sites, memorials, national parks, museums…we live in an age in which heritage is ever-present. But what does it mean to live amongst the spectral traces of the past, the heterogeneous piling up of historic materials in the present? How did heritage grow from the concern of a handful of enthusiasts and specialists in one part of the world to something which is considered to be universally cherished? And what concepts and approaches are necessary to understanding this global obsession?

'Heritage: Critical Approaches' takes an interdisciplinary approach to the many tangible and intangible ‘things’ now defined as heritage, whilst reorienting heritage so that it might be more productively connected with other pressing social, economic, political and environmental issues of our time. 

Rodney Harrison joined the UCL Institute of Archaeology earlier this year as Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies and was co-organiser of the recent international conference held at UCL on World Heritage for Tomorrow, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

Rodney has a broad range of experience teaching, researching and working across the fields of cultural and natural heritage management in the UK, Australia and North America. Prior to his current position, he worked for the Open University, where he was responsible for teaching, research and public broadcasting in global heritage studies.