Heritage Across the Borders : Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference
1 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018
The 2018 conference takes ‘borders’ as a broadly defined, yet key, concept for better understanding how heritage is valued, preserved, politicised, mobilised, financed, planned and destroyed. Thinking through borders raises questions about theories of heritage, its methodologies of research, and where its boundaries lie with tourism, urban development, post-disaster recovery, collective identities, climate change, memory or violent conflict.
Borders tell us much about the complex role heritage plays in societies around the world today. Historically speaking, physical and political borders have led to ideas about enclosed cultures, and a language of cultural property and ownership which marches forward today in tension alongside ideals of universalism and the cosmopolitan.
One of the key contributions of critical heritage studies has been to draw attention to the role of heritage in constructing and operationalising boundaries and borders of many kinds-national, social, cultural, ethnic, economic and political. In what ways do international flows of capital rework indigenous and urban cultures, and reshape nature in ways that redefine existing boundaries?
Paper session; Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Period: 2 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018
Katarzyna Kosmala(Chair), Tara Beall (Chair)
Chair for the paper session 043 Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories
This session will address issues surrounding the construction and representation of gender within heritage contexts. Specifically, the session will engage with issues of women’s visibility within existing heritage narratives and dominant cultural discourses, exploring the potential utility of intangible cultural heritage to trouble or nuance existing hegemonic narratives and their representation of gender (Smith, 2009). We seek to address challenges associated with the construction and representation of gender in contemporary culture, and within historical records, by infusing feminist critique into wider heritage discourses.
This is a foregrounding of small ‘p’ politics, a praxis which embraces everyday struggle. This definition of political engagement articulates the practicing of politics through feminist-inspired research, illuminating engagement within institutional framings, organizational cultures, and dominant systems as well as ‘communities of interests’ –refracting potential revisions of existing heritage narratives.
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- Paper session; Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China: Theme 7 Heritage and Justice, session 043 1/09/18 → 6/09/18
Period: 5 Sep 2018
Katarzyna Kosmala(Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker)
Paper presented at the ACHS 2018 conference
That there are hidden stories of women engineers will not be a surprise to gender historians and cultural theorists, but it can be to heritage experts or engineering professionals. This paper draws on insights from the project aimed to make use of the story of Dorothée Pullinger, early woman engineer, as an intervention tool to help build today’s engineers’ confidence and skills in telling their own stories.
Drawing on Bruno Latour’s conceptualisation of the complex relationship between subject and object, the intersection between woman’s subject and woman’s object is considered.
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