THE TRANSFORMATIONS OF CULTURE INTO HERITAGE
Commodification, mediatization, governmentalization
5th Meeting of the SIEF Working Group on Cultural Heritage and Property
Bergen, 5th and 6th of September, 2013
We have the pleasure to invite members of the SIEF Working Group on Cultural Heritage and Property to our forthcoming workshop on the transformations of culture into heritage, in Bergen, Norway. A significant aspect of contemporary culture is the conversion of (tacit) cultural practices into explicit cultural heritage. Cultural practices once given as lived experience, are being increasingly raised to the level of awareness through discourses and signs marking out elements of culture as heritage. But how do these processes come about, and how can we describe and understand them within the perspectives of cultural studies? We propose three areas where the problematic of the transformation of culture into heritage can be studied. 1) Commodification; how do commercialization, tourism, branding of products, «symbolic production» affect heritage processes? 2) Mediatization; how do images or representations of culture in various media affect understandings of heritage? 3) Governmentalization; how do political strategies and interests, antiquarian organizations and government (on different levels) regulate cultural practices towards or against «heritage»?
Deadline for abstracts (150-200 words): 19th of april 2013.
Place: University of Bergen
Time: September 5th-6th, 2013.
Further information about accommodation, travel and other practical issues will be sent out in a later e-mail.
Hans-Jakob Ågotnes, Torunn Selberg and Peter Forrás