CFP: CIRCULATING HERITAGE: MEDIATION AND RE-CYCLING OF THE CULTURAL ITEMS, DEVICES AND VALUES

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
SPECIAL ISSUE
Volume 11, Issue 2 – December 2014
CIRCULATING HERITAGE: MEDIATION AND RE-CYCLING OF THE CULTURAL ITEMS,
DEVICES AND VALUES

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

GUEST EDITORS

Sonia CATRINA, Ph.D.
National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Email: soniacatrina@gmail.com <soniacatrina@gmail.com>

Cyril ISNART, Ph.D.
University CIDEHUS of Evora, Portugal
Email: isnart@uevora.pt <isnart@uevora.pt>

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
<http://www.pdcnet.org/cultura/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 Manua

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