CFP: Maverick Heritages

Subject: call for papers, ACHS conference in Canberra

Call for papers:

Maverick Heritages. Ugliness, Discomfort and Illegality in the Political and Social Construction of Heritage


Cristiana Panella ( Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

Walter Little ( University at Albany, SUNY

In this panel, we explore, through an inclusive approach, the social and political constructions of heritage, questioning official heritage liturgies of universal beauty. We question the aesthetic dichotomies of beauty/ugliness, properness (goodness)/moral pollution formality/informality, order/disorder, and cleanliness/dirtiness, among others, that are part of the representations of heritage, regardless of the promotion and branding as national patrimony, world heritage sites, political symbols, and tourism destinations. We include in our discussion, those places of social memory that are outside of official local, national, and international naming organizations’ considerations of heritage. Imbricated in these processes are layers of opacity and transparency, rooted in official regulations and customary and common practices that allow for the heritization of places and concurrent aesthetic and political negotiations of those places by the actors at stake (tourists, vendors, local officials, residents, and others).

Please see the full description in attachment.

To see the full abstract and to submit a paper for this session (3 slots), follow this link:

The session is part of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies’ Second biannual Conference in Canberra, Australia, 2 through 4th December 2014.

Deadline for submitting papers to the conveners: May 10 2014

Deadline for submitting selected papers to the session organizers and conference committee: June 1st 2014

 Canberra FINAL (session proposal)

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