Institute of Archaeology


ACHS 2020 FUTURES Conference: Virtual registration now open

25 May 2020

The Fifth Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) will run as a fully virtual conference from 26-30 August. Registration is now open via the UCL online store.

ACHS Conference 2020, London (logo)

This year's conference theme – Futures – aims to engage seriously and critically with the often stated aims of heritage to address the concerns of future generations, whilst also asking participants to think expansively and creatively about the future of critical heritage studies as an emergent field of focus across a range of academic disciplines.

Papers and sessions will explore a range of issues, including (but not limited to): the future of critical heritage studies; newly emerging concepts, themes and methods for the study of heritage; the future of heritage management, governance and diplomacy; evolving and nascent forms of heritage, and how they might be recognised; heritage as future-making; the “time” of heritage and its relationship with the past, present and future; future impacts of climatological, ecological, economic, political and social change on heritage; future relations of natural and cultural heritage in the light of the recognition of the Anthropocene; and the future of heritage itself.

Confirmed keynotes

  • Dolly Jørgensen
  • Sharon Macdonald
  • Karen Salt
  • Kavita Singh

The conference registration fee will give participants access to the full programme of talks, panels, and workshops. Delegates will also have access to our conference app for networking and messaging in the lead up to as well as during the conference dates.

Most of the conference content, in the form of video presentations, will be available on demand before the conference, with live Q&A sessions during the conference dates. Also included are a number of side events including sessions on research funding, academic publishing, a virtual workshop on Heritage, Museums, SDGs and Climate Change, and more to be announced soon.

Further details

We look forward to welcoming you in August!
Rodney Harrison, ACHS 2020 FUTURES Conference Chair