CFP: Circulating Heritage. Mediation and Re-Cycling of the Cultural Items, Devices and Values


International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology



Volume 11, Issue 2 – December 2014





  • Sonia CATRINA, Ph.D.
    National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, Romania

  • Cyril ISNART, Ph.D.
    University CIDEHUS of Evora, Portugal
  • The topic of this special issue is based on a re-assessment of heritage making in contemporary contexts, when new patrimonial configurations take shape in identity settings. It is already acknowledged that collective memory – especially national memory – is constructed, politicised and present-oriented. However, one can observe flows and circulations of heritage items, devices and values, between international and national institutions. In addition, local initiatives of heritage making, such as those led by minorities, diaspora-type communities across the world or initiatives developed in different local community contexts, gain more visibility in the public sphere. Consensual in institutional practices and rather hegemonic, “historical consciousness” is de(re)constructed when new representations on heritage are brought into play. Such cross-social and cross-cultural movements involve the analysis of the plural, negotiated, conflicting and moving aspects of heritage making in different contexts of its production.

    Taking into account the dynamic and moving dimension of cultural heritage means focusing on the social use-value circulation of collective memories within the cultural sphere, and on the specific criteria and values shared, appropriated, negotiated or contested by “cultural actors”, according to which a good or a technique might or might not enter “cultural schemes”. The memory-identity-heritage-territory interplay also needs to be linked to the social diversity of the “heritage communities”, from academic and nation-state institutions to private, ordinary and non-academic structures taking care of the representations of the past. Such exchanges, challenges, tensions or cooperation between official and non-official heritage making spheres may provide us a new comparative look on contemporary identity settings.

    Very useful insights can be gleaned from the inventory of symbols and devices retained, selected and manipulated by the nation-state to set its compelling identity, the individuals’, minorities’, diasporas’ or local communities’ heritage making as a self-knowledge process granting meaning of their identity as well.

    We expect papers on the circulation between the institutionalised and the non-institutionalised constructions, uses, mediations, and transmissions of collective memories. In addition, we are interested in papers investigating how not only goods, but also “know-how” of the heritage techniques circulate and are negotiated on the local stages – either state-established or dissident contexts. In line with the general theme launched, we would like to particularly scrutinise the role of circulation of power in heritage making and to explore the patrimonial value according to different actors involved in these mechanisms.

    The following sub-themes may be used as guide for submitted papers:

  • Circulation of heritage items, representations and discourses at work in identity settings, from the State and international organizations to civil society, social elites and individual actors;
  • Inventory of the discourses on “patrimonial value” of (non-)state or international cultural actors;
  • Remaking, reinterpretations and new shapes of “historical affordances” in non-official heritage mechanisms, with a particular focus on the individuals whose heritage mechanisms may be located at the interface between power, collective and personal memory;
  • Appropriations of cultural items, such as objects, sites, performances and practices within intercultural contexts;
  • Diversity of heritage devices at play (museums, parks, monuments, festivals, archives, cultural tourism structures, UNESCO applications);
  • Comparative case studies on private, community, minority, diasporic, regional, national or international initiatives to assess patrimonial value to specific goods;
  • Implications of the “politics of mobility” for cultural heritage items and actors.
  • We welcome empirically grounded contributions, from diverse disciplinary fields, inter-disciplinary approaches that provide insights into the issue of mobility, mediation, circulation and re-cycling at work in cultural heritage agencies, focusing on all participants in heritage processes.

    Additional Information:

  • Accepted papers must be in English.

  • Please see the journal’s Submission Guidelines for complete information about formatting requirements and submission procedure.

  • Manuscript submissions should conform to the guidelines found in the MLA (Modern Language Association) Style Manual.



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