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Workshop: Quels patrimoines pour quelles communautés? Valeur sociale du patrimoine

Quels patrimoines pour quelles communautés? Valeur sociale du patrimoine
12 mars 2012
Patrimoines et communautés religieuses

Ministère de la culture et de la communication.
182 rue Saint-Honoré. 75001 Paris
Salle Colette

Le programme “Quels patrimoines pour quelles communautés ? Valeurs sociales du patrimoine”, organisé conjointement par le Lahic et le DPRPS, a pris la forme de journées d’étude régulières destinées à nourrir la réflexion des professionnels du patrimoine sur cette question qui touche au cœur de leur action.
Devant les transformations des processus patrimoniaux au cours des dix dernières années, une réflexion est aujourd’hui devenue indispensable. Deux aspects concomitants seront pris en compte et analysés :
– le changement des échelles de désignation du patrimoine, avec une montée en puissances des échelles locales et supra-nationales et une minoration du rôle de l’Etat.
– le rôle grandissant des communautés, devenues des acteurs à part entière du processus patrimonial, mouvement entériné par la convention de Faro ou celle sur le patrimoine culturel

Ces transformations nous invitent à tenter de définir ce qu’est aujourd’hui un bien commun, ce qui fait communauté, et quels sont les critères qui, à côté des valeurs classiques de Riegel permettraient de déterminer les valeur sociales d’un patrimoine.
Ces journées d’étude permettent de mettre en place une réflexion commune aux spécialistes du patrimoine, praticiens et chercheurs, qu’ils travaillent à l’échelle locale, nationale ou supra-

Journée du 12 mars 2012

9h : Introduction

9h15-10h : Pascal Even, conservateur général des patrimoines
Les enjeux de la préservation des archives religieuses

10h-10h45 : Marie-Anne Sire, conservatrice générale des patrimoines
La valorisation des lieux de culte en France. Les enjeux et les pièges , à partir de quelques récents projets de travaux soumis à la commission nationale des monuments historiques

11h-11h45 : Gaspard Salatko
Composer une architecture mémorielle hybride ? Agencement et restauration du sanctuaire de l’église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Belleville

11h45-12h30 : Discussion

14h-16h30 : Sossie Andézian, Fanny Urien, Elsa Grugeon
Analyse de l’inventaire des sites du patrimoine culturel et naturel de valeur universelle exceptionnelle en Palestine
S. Andézian : La Basilique de la Nativité à Bethléem
F. Urien : Le Mont Gerizim et les Samaritains en Cisjordanie
E. Grugeon :Les lieux saints musulmans dans les « Itinéraires de pèlerinages »

16h45-17h30 : Discussion

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CFP: Structures of the XX Century: architectural heritage and patrimonialization

Structures of the XX Century: architectural heritage and
patrimonialization
mini-symposia
SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STRUCTURES AND ARCHITECTURE
University of Minho, 24-26 July 2013, Guimarães (Portugal)

The evolution of the architectural languages of the XX century, from
modernist to post-modernist, has often stressed the importance of
structures in expressing and fostering innovation. However, in the
patrimonialization processes identities, memories and languages,
prevail on structures and materials, due to new uses, new norms and
standards adaptation.
Heritage, as the outcome of a dynamic process of dialogue, between
local identities and communities, national and supranational
organizations, is often used as an instrument of political
communication (Leniaud, 2003). Patrimonialization, as a medium for
political constructs and identification, or as a support to economic
development, is a negotiation over meanings and values and a selective
representation of culture, which frequently pays little or no
attention to the importance of the critical history of the building,
its structures and creation processes. The patrimonialization process
changes the nature of the buildings, objects and contexts on which it
intervene, and needs to be careful verified, and critically supported,
to make is sustainable from all points of views.
The mini-symposia wish to offer an overview, and a first assessment,
on different critical points of view over the actual status of the
discipline and, in the search of continuity between past and future, a
perspective over the possible approaches to structures in
architectural heritage patrimonialization. The main focus themes will
be: The role of structural design in XX century architectural
languages; Modernist versus Post-modernist approach to structural
design; Modernist approach to structural design: theories and
practices of conservation; Structural design as a meeting point
between Architecture and Engineering; Infrastructures of the XX
century: heritage and patrimonialization perspectives.
Papers focusing on case studies, with a theoretical/methodological
approach, are particularly welcomed.

All submissions of abstracts must be sent to both session co-
organizers, clearly indicating the theme in which the proposed paper
is expected to be included before April 10. Submitted papers must
describe work not previously published in a peer reviewed venue, or
which is not under review at a journal or at another conference.
Contributors are invited to submit a title and an abstract (with no
images) of about 500 words, a short biography stating their
affiliation and professional interests (max. 100 words). The language
for papers and presentation is English.
One of the authors of an accepted paper will expected to present their
work at the conference.
Please take note of the following important dates and go online –
www.icsa2013.com – to see all details about the International
Conference organizations, venues, registration fees and dates.

Important dates:
Abstract Submission – April 10, 2012
Preliminary Abstract Acceptance – May 21, 2012
Full Paper Submission – November 15, 2012
Final Paper Acceptance – February 15, 2013
Early Bird Registration – March 15, 2013

Session presented and co-chaired by
Luca Sampò, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), e.mail:
luca.sampo@gmail.com
Clarisse Lauras, University “Lumière” Lyon 2 (France), e.mail:
laurasclarisse@yahoo.fr

CFP PATRIMOINES URBAINS EN RÉCITS 8e Rencontre internationale des jeunes chercheurs en patrimoine Montréal, 27-29 septembre 2012

Appel à communication
PATRIMOINES URBAINS EN RÉCITS
8e Rencontre internationale des jeunes chercheurs en patrimoine
Montréal, 27-29 septembre 2012
Université du Québec à Montréal

Depuis 2005, les Rencontres internationales des jeunes chercheurs en patrimoine invitent chaque année la relève scientifique à présenter ses recherches sur divers aspects de la patrimonialisation, alternativement au Québec et en France, sous la tutelle scientifique de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en patrimoine urbain (Luc Noppen et Lucie K. Morisset, Université du Québec à Montréal) et de ses partenaires, PARVI, le groupe interuniversitaire de recherche sur les paysages de la représentation, la ville et les identités urbaines ainsi que le Forum canadien de recherche publique sur le patrimoine. En 2012, du 27 au 29 septembre, l’Université du Québec à Montréal sera l’hôte de la Huitième Rencontre, sous la direction scientifique de Marie-Noëlle Aubertin et Marie-Blanche Fourcade. Intitulée Patrimoines urbains en récits, cette édition des Rencontres internationales des jeunes chercheurs en patrimoine s’intéressera plus particulièrement aux récits qui constituent, accompagnent, servent et transforment le paysage urbain.
Le patrimoine est récit. Sans lui, les objets, les lieux et les pratiques souffrent d’une déficience de sens, d’un manque de souffle et de vitalité (anima). Qu’il prenne la forme de discours, de mythes, d’histoires ou de mémoires, le récit participe à toutes les étapes de la patrimonialisation. Il est également objet de patrimoine soit à titre de preuve d’une reconnaissance, soit pour lui-même, en raison de sa propre valeur culturelle, à l’exemple de la littérature, des traditions populaires, mais aussi des archives textuelles, iconographiques et audiovisuelles. On peut dès lors invoquer sa double nature, à la fois matière et instrument, qui alimente et transcende en même temps le processus de construction de sens patrimonial. Le récit manifeste son pouvoir dans les démonstrations qui mènent à la sélection et à la reconnaissance aussi bien que dans les stratégies de médiations et les gestes d’appropriation qui installent durablement l’attachement patrimonial. Le récit appartient à tous : institutions, experts, citoyens ou touristes qui manient, dans le consensus ou le conflit, une même grammaire. Cette grammaire, qui peut faire et défaire le patrimoine, renseigne de manière privilégiée sur les représentations, les expériences et relations générées par la patrimonialisation. En quelque sorte, le récit nous permet d’accéder à la condition humaine du patrimoine.
Le contexte urbain apparaît des plus fertiles pour aborder les multiples formes des récits et leurs rôles dans la patrimonialisation. La densité des représentations, les transformations incessantes du paysage et la mobilité sans cesse croissante permettent de saisir la ville comme un laboratoire dans lequel les récits s’imbriquent, se métissent, s’opposent et se composent. La ville tient également un discours à la fois comparatif et réactif sur ce qui lui est étranger, à savoir les autres villes ou la campagne. Par le récit, elle investit ces imaginaires et tente de se définir contre l’autre ou à travers lui. Mode de résistance aux projets d’aménagement, stratégie de sauvegarde face à la menace de destruction de hauts lieux, support de cristallisation de souvenirs d’une ville disparue ou en voie de l’être, outil de médiation pour l’exploration urbaine, le récit se modèle et s’utilise à chaque étape de production et de transformation du patrimoine ainsi que dans ses multiples usages.
En abordant le patrimoine urbain par le paradigme du récit, nous proposons de mettre en lumière la complexité de la patrimonialisation mise en tension au cœur des questions de temps, d’espace, d’identité, de politique, et de culture, mais également de l’analyser de manière transversale en y conjuguant la diversité des séquences de la patrimonialisation et des territoires concernés à la plurivocalité des acteurs impliqués. Plus précisément, nous souhaitons saisir le rôle – la contribution – du récit dans la patrimonialisation et d’identifier, dans une tentative de narratologie patrimoniale, les caractéristiques et les modes de fonctionnement des récits patrimoniaux. Quelle est la contribution du récit au patrimoine et comment opère-t-il? Existe-t-il des figures narratives propres au patrimoine ou des éléments récurrents qui ancreraient une spécificité patrimoniale? Quels sont les usages du récit? Que nous disent les récits sur ceux qui les produisent et les utilisent? Telles sont quelques-unes des questions qui pourront être partagées.
Nous invitons les jeunes chercheurs de toute discipline à soumettre des intentions de communication qui présenteront des études de cas impliquant un ou plusieurs types ou ensembles de récits à partir desquels pourront être développées des pistes de réponses théoriques aux questions précédemment posées. Les intentions de communication (titre, résumé de 500 mots maximum, courte notice biographique) devront être envoyées par courriel au plus tard le 15 avril 2012 à Marie-Blanche Fourcade (fourcade.marie-blanche@uqam.ca). Les propositions seront évaluées par un comité scientifique en fonction de leur pertinence thématique, de l’originalité de leur questionnement ainsi que de la qualité générale de leur argumentaire.
Les frais de déplacement des jeunes chercheurs pourront être partiellement subventionnés, selon les disponibilités budgétaires. La Chaire de recherche du Canada en patrimoine urbain pourra aussi offrir quelques bourses de voyage aux intervenants.
Revues par un comité éditorial, de nombreuses contributions issues des six premières rencontres ont été publiées dans des ouvrages collectifs; les actes de la septième rencontre sont en préparation et il est prévu que les communications de cette huitième rencontre fassent l’objet d’un semblable projet d’édition.

Call for papers
URBAN HERITAGE AS NARRATIVE
Eighth Annual International Conference of Young Heritage Researchers
Montreal, September27th -29th, 2012
Université du Québec à Montréal

Each and every year since 2005, alternating between Quebec and France, the international conferences of young heritage researchershaveinvited up-and-comingscientists to presentresearch projects on various aspects of heritagization under the scientific supervision of theCanada Research Chair on Urban Heritage (Luc Noppen and Lucie K. Morisset,Université du Québec à Montréal)and its partners, PARVI, the groupe interuniversitaire de recherche sur les paysages de la représentation, la ville et les identités urbaines, and theCanadian Forum for Public Research on Heritage. In 2012, from September 27 to 29, theUniversité du Québec à Montréal will host the eighth suchconference, under the scientific supervision ofMarie-Noëlle Aubertin and Marie-Blanche Fourcade. EntitledUrban Heritage as Narrative,this edition of theInternational Conference of Young Heritage Researcherswillfocus on the narratives that constitute, accompany, serve and transform the urban landscape.
Heritage is narrative. Without it, objects, places and practices suffer from a lack of meaning, deprived as they areof energy and vitality (anima).Whether in the shape of discourse, myths, stories or memoires, narrative accompanies heritagization every step of the way.It is also considered to be heritage as a form of recognition, or for its intrinsic cultural value, for exampleas regards literature and popular tradition,as well as textual, iconographic or audiovisual archives. At this point,we can invoke its dual nature, both material and instrumental, which feeds and at the same time transcends the process ofconstructing heritage meaning. Narrative reveals itspower in the demonstrations that lead to selection and recognition as well as inmediation strategies and acts of appropriation that foster an ongoing attachment toheritage. Narrative belongs to all concerned, i.e. to the institutions, experts, citizens and tourists who handle, in situations of consensus or conflict,the very same grammar. This grammar, which can make or break heritage, provides inside information concerning the representations, experiences and relationships generated by heritagization. In a way, narrative allows us to access the human condition inherent inheritage.
The urban context would appear to be the most fertile ground upon which to address the multiple forms ofnarrativeand their role in heritagization.A density of representations, incessant transformations of landscape and ever increasing mobilityreveal the city as a laboratory in which narratives overlap, interweave, square off, and are composed. The city also holds a comparative and reactive discourse concerning what is foreign to it, both other cities and the countryside. Through narrative, it occupies these imaginary realms and attempts to define itself in opposition to or through the other.Whether as a way of resisting development projects, a preservation strategy to counteract the threatened destruction of important landmarks, support for the crystallization of memories of a lost city or a city in the process ofdisappearing, or a mediation tool used for urban exploration, narrative takes shape and is called upon at each stage of heritage production and transformation and in its many and varied uses.
By broaching the subject of urban heritage through the narrative paradigm, we propose to highlight the complexity of heritagization as the intense focus of issues of    time, space, identity, politics, and culture,and also to analyse it transversally by adding the diversity of sequencing of heritagization and of the territories concernedto the multiplicity of voices of the actors involved.More specifically, we wish to understand the role, i.e. the contribution, of narrative in heritagization and to identify, in an attempt to construct a heritage narrative-ology, the characteristics and modes of operation of heritage narratives. What is the contribution ofnarrative toheritage and how does it operate? Are there any specific heritage narrative figuresor recurring elements that might form the basis of heritage specificity? What are the uses of narrative? What do narratives tell us about those who produce and use them? These are some of the questions that participants can share.
We invite young researchers from all disciplines to submit abstracts thatpresent case studies involving one or many types or groupings of narratives, from which the beginnings of theoretical answers to the aforementioned questions may be developed. The abstracts (title, maximum 500-word summary, and short biography) must be sent by email no later than April 15th, 2012 to Marie-Blanche Fourcade (fourcade.marie-blanche@uqam.ca). The proposals will be evaluated by a scientific committee based on their thematic pertinence, the originality of their questioning, and the general quality of their arguments.
Travel costs incurred by young researchers may be partially subsidized, subject to budgetary restrictions.The Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage may also offer some travel grants to participants.
Reviewed by an editorial board, many contributions from the first six meetings were published in anthologies; the proceedings of the seventh meeting are being prepared, and the papers of this eighth meeting will normally be the focus of a similar publishing project.

Convocatoria
PATRIMONIOS URBANOS EN NARRACIÓN
8vo Encuentro internacional de jóvenes investigadores en patrimonio
Montreal, 27-29 septiembre 2012
Universidad de Québec en Montreal

Desde el año 2005, los Encuentros internacionales de jóvenes investigadores en patrimonio invitan cada año a investigadores principiantes a presentar sus investigaciones sobre diversos aspectos de la patrimonialización. Estos eventos tienen lugar alternativamente en Francia y en Québec, bajo el auspicio científico de la Cátedra de investigación de Canadá en patrimonio urbano (LucNoppen et Lucie K. Morisset, Universidad de Québec en Montreal) y sus colaboradores PARVI (Grupo interuniversitario de investigación sobre los paisajes de la representación, la Ciudad y las identidades urbanas) y el Foro canadiense de investigación pública en patrimonio. Del 27 al 29 de septiembre del 2012, la Universidad de Québec en Montreal recibirá la octava edición de los Encuentros internacionales de jóvenes investigadores en patrimonio bajo la dirección científica de Marie-NoëlleAubertin et Marie-BlancheFourcade. Intitulada Patrimonios urbanos en narración, esta edición se focalizará sobre las narraciones que constituyen, acompañan, sirven y transforman el paisaje urbano.

El patrimonio es una narración. Sin ella, los objetos, lugares y prácticas sufren de una deficiencia de significado y de vitalidad (anima). Que sea bajo la forma de discursos, mitos, historias o memorias, la narración participa de todas la etapas de la patrimonialización. La narración es también un objeto de patrimonio, ya sea como evidencia de un reconocimiento o su propio valor cultural, en la literatura, o en las tradiciones populares por ejemplo, pero también en los archivos textuales, iconográficos y audiovisuales. Por lo tanto, se puede evocar a su doble naturaleza, materia e instrumento, que participa y al mismo tiempo transciende el proceso de construcción del significado patrimonial. La narración manifiesta su fuerza en las demostraciones que conducen a la selección y el reconocimiento, así como en las estrategias de mediación y en los gestos de apropiación que constituyen un apego duradero. La narración le pertenece a todos: instituciones, expertos, ciudadanos o turistas que usan, con consenso o con conflicto, una misma gramática. Esta gramática, que puede hacer y deshacer el patrimonio, informa de manera privilegiada sobre las representaciones, las experiencias y las relaciones generadas por la patrimonialización. En otros términos, la narración nos permite tener acceso a la condición humana del patrimonio.

El contexto urbano aparece como uno de los más ricos para abordar las múltiples formas de las narraciones y sus diferentes papeles en la patrimonialización. La densidad de las representaciones, las transformaciones permanentes del paisaje y el aumento de la movilidad permiten considerar la ciudad como un laboratorio donde la narraciones se cruzan, se mezclan, se oponen y se producen. La ciudad conlleva también una narración a la vez comparativa y reactiva sobre lo que es ajeno, es decir, las otras ciudades o el campo. Con la narración, ella puede llenar estos imaginarios e intentar definirse en contra del otro o a través de él. Modo de resistencia a los proyectos de ordenamiento, estrategia de salvaguardia frente a la amenaza de destrucción de lugares importantes, soporte para la cristalización de memorias de una ciudad desaparecida o en proceso de desaparición, herramienta de mediación para la exploración urbana, la narración se adapta y se usa en cada etapa de producción y de transformación del patrimonio como de sus múltiples usos.

Con este acercamiento al patrimonio urbano a través del paradigma de la narración, proponemos destacar la complejidad de la patrimonialización, en tensión en el cruce de las consideraciones de tiempo, de espacio, de identidad, de política y de cultura. También proponemos un análisis transversal que conjugue la diversidad de las secuencias de la patrimonialización y de los territorios implicados con las múltiples voces de los actores involucrados. Queremos entender el papel, el aporte, de la narración en la patrimonialización e identificar las características y los modos de funcionamiento de las narraciones patrimoniales por una tentativa narratología patrimonial. ¿Cuales son los aportes de la narración al patrimonio y cómo funciona? ¿Existen figuras narrativas propias al patrimonio o elementos recurrentes que fundarían una especificad patrimonial? ¿Cuales son los usos de la narración? ¿Que nos dicen las narraciones sobre quienes las producen y las usan? Estas son algunas de las preguntas que podrían ser exploradas y compartidas.

Invitamos a los jóvenes investigadores de todas las disciplinas académicas a proponer comunicaciones, en francés o en inglés, que presenten estudios de caso involucrando uno o varios tipos o conjuntos de narraciones que permiten iniciar el desarrollo de respuestas teóricas a las preguntas planteadas anteriormente. Las propuestas de comunicaciones (titulo, resumen de 500 palabras máximo y corta biografía) deber ser enviadas por correo electrónico antes del 15 de abril del 2012 a Marie-BlancheFourcade (fourcade.marie-blanche@uqam.ca). Las propuestas serán revisadas por un comité científico y evaluadas según su pertinencia temática, su originalidad en el cuestionamiento y su calidad en general.

Los gastos de viaje de los jóvenes investigadores podrán ser parcialmente financiados según los recursos disponibles. La Cátedra de investigación de Canadá en patrimonio urbano ofrecerá también algunas becas de viaje para los participantes.

Revisadas por un comité editorial, muchas de las contribuciones de los 6 encuentros previos fueron publicadas en libros colectivos. La publicación de los artículos del séptimo encuentro está en preparación y prevemos que las comunicaciones de este octavo encuentro sean igualmente publicadas.

CFP: MPI Workshop World Heritage on the Ground

Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Call for Papers
Workshop
World Heritage on the Ground:
Ethnographic Perspectives
11—12 October 2012

 

Organisers: David Berliner (Université libre de Bruxelles) and
Christoph Brumann (MPI for Social Anthropology)

 

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany

 

Ratified by 188 states, the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage is one of the most successful international treaties and the flagship activity of the United Nations Educational, Scientifc and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Entries into the World Heritage List with its currently 936 properties in 153 countries hold an almost magnetic attraction for government agencies, conservationists, tourists, and local stakeholders the world over, and political pressure on the World Heritage Committee for still more inscriptions is mounting by the year. In the global political economy of cultural value, the World Heritage label is functioning as a gold standard. While committed to the preservation of unique sites, the World Heritage organisations are a major motor of globalisation, as the nomination process often spreads discourses and practices to world regions with little heritage institutionalisation. With World Heritage university programmes and training centres mushrooming in recent years, we also witness the emergence of a new academic field whose epistemological foundations call for scrutiny.
Anthropologists have done some limited work on the global World Heritage institutions but more commonly, they have encountered World Heritage on the ground, sometimes in an accidental fashion. Several dozen field studies have now be conducted at World Heritage sites across the globe. They have produced ethnographies of singular places, making for a sizable but so far only virtual community of scholars for which this global system is practically significant. Our goal with this workshop is to convert the virtual community into a real one. We believe that it will be productive to compare insights gained from long-term ethnographic fieldwork at World Heritage sites and that this will uncover a lot of parallel phenomena and processes, leading to a better understanding of both the global apparatus and the specific dynamics of the sites.
Topics we wish to explore include, first of all, the articulation of the sites with the World Heritage institutions. The latter are often rather distant, with almost all interaction channelled through national state agencies, and substantial mystification can arise in the ways in which sites and global centre imagine each other’s conditions and objectives. Who are the key brokers and mediating organisations here, and which other global institutions enter the game alongside those empowered by UNESCO? How do the ubiquitous conflicts between the levels – such as when plans for office towers in historic cities or mining in nature reserves do not find favour with the Committee – play out, given that the World Heritage institutions have little coercive power but often substantial leverage over national and international public opinion? How are Committee documents and decisions transmitted to the ground and which effects do they have there? And where are the limits of the “global commons” ideal of the convention when national governments, business interests, or local actors prefer to ignore it?
The global-national-local nexus is complicated by the variety of players and interests on each of these levels, with some of the tensions – such as that between long-term conservation and short-term economic exploitation – replicating themselves on each. Who is gaining from World Heritage inscriptions and who is losing out? Do power and benefits always shift to supra-local forces, or can (some) local actors reaffirm control, playing out the various national and global agents against each other? What is the role of different professional groups, including the heritage experts and nature conservationists who, in the global South, often have been trained by World Heritage institutions? What significance does World Heritage have for local populations not directly engaged with the sites? How are such notions as preservation, temporality or authenticity professionally and popularly imagined? And how do encounters with domestic and international tourists and the respective personnel – tour operators, guides, hotel staff, souvenir traders, guards – come into play?
We believe that the anthropological fieldwork tradition is particularly suited to answer such questions but a further motivation is the fact that World Heritage has been moving into a more ‘anthropological’ direction itself. Fending off accusations of Eurocentrism (a sin of which we anthropologists are well aware), the central institutions committed themselves to a ‘Global Strategy’ in the 1990s, reaching beyond elite monuments and opening up the list to testimonies of everyday life, migration and transnational connections, and symbols of human-rights achievements. Often in response to non-Euroamerican input, authenticity standards were reformulated and a new category of ‘cultural landscapes’ – highlighting physical and spiritual interaction with the environment – was installed. More than 50 countries, most from the global South, had their first sites inscribed in the last two decades, subscribing to the attendant discourses and frameworks and adapting them to their own conditions. We wish to explore the consequences of this conceptual and geographic expansion, focusing on key mediators, the discontinuities arising when concepts travel, and the interplay with other interests present around each site. We do so as a discipline sensitive for public appropriations of ‘culture’ and ‘cultural heritage’. And we do so as flesh-and-blood actors influencing the situations we study, mindful that anthropologists have themselves been involved in nominations and the work of World Heritage institutions.
We believe that there is rich potential here for comparison across the sites, elucidating both general trends and case specifics. Our accumulated research experiences, once brought together, will cast new light on a prominent global institution and provide fresh perspectives for the anthropology of heritage and globalisation. While grounded in long-term fieldwork at the sites, contributions should pursue the transnational nexus described as well, using opportunities such as the online availability of much World Heritage documentation.
Ulf Hannerz, leading theorist of global processes, has agreed to comment on all papers; further commentators will be recruited from among specialists in the anthropology of cultural heritage. We expect participants to precirculate their papers and, following on the workshop, revise them for a conference volume by 15 January 2013. For greater coherence, we wish to concentrate on already listed World Heritage sites, so we cannot accommodate proposals dealing with future nominations or with other UNESCO heritage activities such as the 2003 convention for intangible cultural heritage.
Abstracts of proposals (one page) should be sent to both convenors by 1 March 2012 (contact: brumann@eth.mpg.de, David.Berliner@ulb.ac.be ).

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology will cover travel and accommodation expenses for accepted speakers.

 

 

 

David Berliner, Dr

 

Associate Professor – Anthropology

 

Editor of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale http://www.easaonline.org/journal.htm

 

Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 124

44 avenue Jeanne, 1050 Brussels.

Tél: 0032.2.650.40.53

Fax: 0032.2.650.4337

website: http://lamc.ulb.ac.be/

CFP Reminder HERITAGE SCAPES Lausanne 2012

Call for papers

SHAPING HERITAGE-SCAPES: PROCESSES OF PATRIMONIALIZATION IN
A GLOBALIZED WORLD
International symposium, University of Lausanne, August 27-
28, 2012

Application deadline: march 15

Confirmed keynote speakers: Lynn Meskell (Stanford
University), Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University)

Organizers : Laurence Gillot (Université Paris Diderot,
ULB), Irène Maffi (Université de Lausanne),
Anne-Christine Trémon (University of Lausanne)

Scientific committee : David Berliner (Université libre de
Bruxelles), Roberta Colombo (Musée ethnographique de
Genève), Rami Daher (Jordan University), Maria
Gravari-Barbas (Paris 1 Sorbonne), Kimberly Katz (Towson
University), Silvia Naef (UNIGE), Dino Palumbo (Messina
University), Dominique Poulot (Paris I Sorbonne), Michel
Rautenberg (Université Jean Monnet), Laurier Turgeon
(Université de Laval), Wendy Shaw (UNIBE).

The purpose of this multidisciplinary and international
symposium is to give scholars from various backgrounds and
geographical areas working on the topic of heritage and
museums an opportunity to meet.

Processes of patrimonialization are primarily a matter of
cultural production and preservation. However, to the extent
that they entail a selection of objects, persons and
‘traditions’ to be preserved and/or displayed, and a
choice of the places and forms of the exhibits, they
unavoidably involve economic, political and social stakes.
The heritage and museum boom occurring in many countries may
be linked to an increased economic and political competition
between localities, the enactment of multicultural policies,
as well as the growing involvement of local actors – private
citizens, families, foundations, NGOs, etc. Therefore,
heritage and museum projects may be considered as situated
at the intersection of a variety of arenas at the local,
national, regional and global levels. At the heart of
patrimonialization lies a scalar dynamic that raises the
question of whether we may talk of « heritage-scapes ».
These scapes would result from the encounter between Western
paradigms and alternative models of relating to the past,
and of producing and promoting culture.

We welcome contributions that address one of the following
sub-themes (cf. attached document):

–       OBJECTS : The social life of objects in museums and
heritage.
–       ARENAS : Intersections between scales
–       SITES: The social production of places
–       PARADIGMS: encounters between Western and other
models

Proposals for papers, with title, a 3,000 sign abstract
(including spaces), author’s name, affiliation and email
address are to be sent in word or rtf format. Please mention
the selected sub-theme. Proposals are to be sent to Laurence
Gillot (lgillot@ulb.ac.be); Irène Maffi
(irene.maffi@unil.ch) and/or Anne-Christine Trémon
(anne-christine.tremon@unil.ch

). We will send out
notifications around the end of April.

Meilleures salutations,
Anne-Christine Trémon

Maître d’enseignement et de recherche
Laboratoire d’anthropologie culturelle et sociale
Institut des Sciences Sociales
Université de Lausanne
1015 Lausanne
tel mobile 0033681537880

https://applicationspub.unil.ch/interpub/noauth/php/Un/UnPers.php?PerNum=1118122&LanCode=8&menu=coord

CFP Heritage and democracy, Inaugural Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden, 5-8 June 2012

The call for paper for the panel « Heritage and Democracy », included in the inaugural Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies « Re-theorisation Heritage », Gothenburg, Sweden, 5-8 June 2012, is now open.

 

Heritage and Democracy

An element rarely discussed in the heritage literature is the question of the political system and the heritage process, especially the question of democratic and often federalist systems and the decision-making process of heritage questions. This panel is aimed to explore heritage regimes in democratic political systems and their implications on national cultural policy.

The design of national heritage lists is at the discretion of the so called States Parties. But who decides which heritage in a country should be preserved? And what are the political processes leading to national heritage lists in a democratic country? Which communities have an influence on the process of heritagization? What is the role of economical and political groups interests? How is transparency garanteed?

What happens when the heritage process is feeded by the need that it has to represent all parts of the country (political, cultural, linguistic, religious, geographical, economical)? How can the idea that such a list of heritage elements should be representative andmirror the diversity of a country fit together with the idea of distinctiveness and uniqueness that accompanies the heritage concept?

How functions the integration of endogenous or exogenous communities, of migrant and transnational groups in this process? What happens with cultural elements that are mobile and transnational?
Heritage provides the opportunity to present an image of tradition and stability to oneʼs own people and offer to international tourists an image of cultureconsumption as entertainment, to present a nation as culture friendly and open to cultural diversity while at the same time avoiding interrogation on a number of critical issues. The panel will also address the issue of “soft power” such as national agencies promoting culture and/or tourism which play the role of ideological shop windows of a country in the context of cultural globalization.

We would like to present the example of Switzerland and to invite other researchers to present case studies of other countries.

Convenors:


-Florence Graezer Bideau, University of Neuchâtel and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, Florence.graezerbideau@epfl.ch

-Walter Leimgruber, University of Basel, Switzerland, walter.leimgruber@unibas.ch

 

To apply for this workshop, before *January 31,* please send a paper
abstract with around 250 words length to:

Bosse Lagerqvist (Organisation committee)

Email: bosse.lagerqvist@conservation.gu.se

Fax: +46 31 786 4703

Mail: University of Gothenburg, Conservation

P.O. Box 130

SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Florence Graezer Bideau, PhD
Deputy Director, Lecturer

Centre for Area and Cultural Studies

Collège des Humanités
Bâtiment CM 1617, Station 10
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL
CH- 1015 Lausanne

T: 00 41 21 693 02 36
e-mail: florence.graezerbideau@epfl.ch

CFP: Elective affinities. Critical approach of religious heritage-making in the Mediterranean

The call for paper for the Workshop Elective affinities. Critical approach of religious heritage-making in the Mediterranean included in the International Conference The Re/theorisation of Heritage Studies, to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 5-8, 2012, is now open.

Short abstract
This workshop focuses on the relationships between religion and heritage in the Mediterranean. It aims to study the entwining of these two phenomena and reveal the eventual particularities of religious heritage-making, as well as to discuss the conceptions of heritage embedded in the monotheist religions, and re-examine the cultural matrix that religion and heritage share, redefine or negotiate through memory practices.

Extended Abstract

Historically, the three monotheistic religions in the Mediterranean area appear related to various heritage objects and phenomena, such as archaeological ruins, architectural works, places of worship, museums, organised itineraries, and religious tourism. In this respect, the Mediterranean could be represented through an open-air museum conserving the three confessions embedded in the archaeological landscape of the Antiquity. Moreover, the history of religious diffusion, the superposition of political and religious power, and the colonial history of heritage intervention have blurred the frontiers between heritage, politics and religion with regard to objects, practices and buildings viewed as patrimony. Nowadays, the Mediterranean is also marked by cultural practices aiming to define and preserve the religious heritage of alternative religious confessions or movements, such as Sephardic, ex-colonial Catholic, Soufi, Gnawa, or Protestant communities. Therefore, the Mediterranean is a rich field to investigate the links between religion and heritage both in the longue durée and in the contemporary heritage-making.

This workshop aims to discuss the relationships between religion and heritage in the Mediterranean area, and discuss the conceptions of heritage embedded in the monotheist religions, while dealing with questions such as: Why and how does believers construct heritage? Which are the heritage tools they adopt or reject from the world of the museums? What are the modalities of collaboration between believers and curators? And, conversely: What do heritage practices adopt from the religious world? How do the (dis)agreements between dogma, memory and amnesia become manifest in the world of heritage? Does the ecumenical dialogue fit with heritage-making and memory-making processes? How does the global structure of religions deal with localised purposes and determinations, both at the institutional and personal level? In multi-confessional contexts, what are the effects of one confession heritage policy on the other(s)? And, what are the links between public heritage institutions and religious authorities?

Ethnographic case studies are especially welcome but inquiries into theory are also expected. Main topics and objects of study include religious World heritage sites, museums, heritage initiatives, religious tourism, heritage performances and discourses of confessions oriented groups and lobbies, as well as social and political uses of religious heritage.

Convenors:
Cyril Isnart, Cidehus/Universidade de Évora, Portugal, isnart@uevora.pt
Luís Silva, CRIA/FCSH-UNL, Portugal, luis.silva98@gmail.com

To apply for this workshop, before January 31, please send a paper abstract with around 250 words length to:

Bosse Lagerqvist (Organisation committee)
Email: bosse.lagerqvist@conservation.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4703
Mail: University of Gothenburg, Conservation
P.O. Box 130
SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

CFP : Critical Excess? Or, what is gained and lost for Heritage Studies through the critical view?

CALL FOR PAPERS

For the inaugural conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies ‘The Re/theorisation of Heritage Studies’ in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 5-8 2012.
http://www.science.gu.se/infoglueCalendar/digitalAssets/1775484548_BifogadFil_Conference_Announcement_ACHS%202012_Third_CALL.pdf

We seek contributions to the following session. Please send a title and abstract of no more than 250 words to both convenors by 28 January.

Critical Excess? Or, what is gained and lost for Heritage Studies through the critical view?

The ‘critical view’ has been a key mode of scholarly enquiry in Heritage Studies – as signalled by the foundation of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. Used to identify certain kinds of political inequality, and to express certain kinds of hope for reconstructing emancipatory heritage, the ‘critical view’ has itself come in for a certain amount of criticism in recent years. Its efficacy has been queried by those who suggest that it has not had the effects its proponents have argued for (Handler and Gable 1997, p.8). Counterpoints to the ‘critical view’ have, thus, emerged.

Bruno Latour has long proposed a method of Actor-Network-Theory as one such counterpoint. He argues:

When faced with new situations and new objects, [the ‘critical view’] risks simply repeating that they are woven out of the same tiny repertoire of already recognized forces: power, domination, exploitation, legitimization, fetishization, reification. Law may be socially constructed but so is religion, economics, politics, sport, morality, art, and everything else built with the same material; only the name of the ‘field’ changes. The problem of critical sociology is it can never fail to be right. (2005, p. 249)

In other words, the ‘critical view’ is in danger of never being surprised and always discovering what it expects to find. The broad point we take from Latour is that any theoretical view is about managing complexity – excluding some things (objects, subjects, experiences, affects, materialities, temporalities, scales) so that others can be seen more clearly (Law and Mol 2002; Strathern 1994; 2002).

Taking this as our starting point, this session asks ‘what is at stake in how the critical view manages complexity?’. We invite papers to respond to this question by drawing on theoretical and methodological ‘counterpoints’ which might ‘see’ that which exceeds the critical. These could include, yet should not be restricted to, Actor-Network-Theory (Latour 2005; Bennett 2005, 2007), complexity theory (Law and Mol 2002), phenomenology, vitalism (Lash 2006, 2007), assemblage (DeLanda 2006; Bennett and Healy 2009), or non-representational theory (Thrift 2010). Papers should provide conceptual and/or empirical reflection on how the boundaries of the ‘critical view’ are being – or indeed could be – redrawn. What surprising, puzzling, or paradoxical insights emerge through the use of such counterpoints? What politics do such counterpoints enable? And how are these alternative views enacted through exhibition, display, collection, conservation, or communication heritage practices?  By considering such questions, our aim is to identify what is ‘gained’ and ‘lost’ through the ‘critical view’ as a particular mode of academic knowing within Heritage Studies.

Helen Graham, University of Leeds (h.graham@leeds.ac.uk)

Jennie Morgan, University of Manchester (morgan.jfr@gmail.com)

CALL FOR PAPERS
Urban Issues in Patrimonialization
Session presented and co-chaired by
Lucie K. Morisset, professor, Department of Urban and Tourism Studies
Luc Noppen, professor, Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage
University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada
Session proposal for the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Inaugural Conference
to be held at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, June 5-8, 2012
In contemporary cities, patrimonialization, i.e., the fabrication of patrimony or heritage in its various discur-
sive or material aspects, gives rise to specific issues linked to the particularities of city living, social environ-
ments, and urban development. More specifically, the conjunction of the processes of symbolic investment
that have defined built patrimony for more than two centuries and of economic development processes in a
context of metropolization and the rethinking of urban functions, increasing mobility, and worldwide compe-
tition among cities seems to be reflected in changes to the practices and very notion of patrimony. Light-
years removed from the reified-in-itself historical monument and the traditional institutions that consecrated
it, patrimony now seems fated instead to rely on external constructs ranging from citizen empowerment to
community or real estate recalibrations. In this context, it functions either as an instrument of change, or as
a discourse on the urban environment.
Beyond rupture patrimoniale (Rautenberg), machinerie patrimoniale (Jeudy), the heritage game (Pea-
cock and Rizzo), and further still from the perils of Choay’s “capacity to build,” it turns out that patrimony’s
proliferation in public space and other spheres of human activity has highlighted what might be called, in
Austin’s sense (How to Do Things with Words), patrimony’s performative character, i.e., the double character-
istic of the patrimonial utterance, that of having no truth value and of performing some kind of action: in this
case, we observe that urban patrimony does not merely change the meaning of the built whole it is applied to,
it also changes the nature of the object it concerns and the subject that gives it life (Morisset). Above and
beyond the post-1968 social struggles that used the defence of this or that block of houses as a basis for
affirming a new form of social cohesion, patrimony began by consolidating its role as a lever for citizen’s
demands, particularly through presentism (Hartog), patrimondialisation (Gravari-Barbas), and a shrinking of
territorial frames of reference that has given rise to “little worlds that surround us,” i.e., the elevation of peo-
ple’s mere proximity to a declaration of identity. At this level, that of the city dweller, patrimony becomes the
medium for political constructs and the identifying marker for those who represent it. Elsewhere, patrimony
supports economic development of the territory using its cultural connotations to set a given city apart
amidst “the chorus of globalization.” A form of currency, it can support profound economic transformations
linked to the older principles of urban requalification, but now channelled by business, particularly in tourist
districts. Or by contrast it might provide a neighbourhood with “urban infra-sutures” (Dlandstudio), but-
tressed by community dimensions inherent in the definition of patrimony: at this point patrimonialization is
motivated no longer by aesthetics or exceptionality, but by social meaning and notions of community appro-
priation, giving rise to local development without reversing habitual processes.
This session seeks to examine these three ways of performatively uttering the subjects and objects of
built patrimony—patrimonialization—in the urban environment, from a transdisciplinary perspective. By more
specifically targeting either citizens’ discourse on “their” patrimony or operations relating to the attribution of
patrimony-based social and property values, we hope to interrogate the transformation of patrimonial arte-
facts, the instrumentalization of patrimonial performativity, and the impact of these two contemporary di-
mensions of urban patrimony on the notion of patrimony itself. From this perspective, and with an eye to
evaluating the issues and impacts of urban patrimony’s performativity, proposals for papers might examine
such topics as the effects of real estate valuation strategies in urban sites on the World Heritage List; local
development projects based on the use value of the patrimony or, more generally, the semantic transfor-
mations brought about by such conversions; campaigns to save built elements or complexes for their patri-
monial value, and so forth.
Please email abstracts no later than January 10th to
Bosse Lagerqvist (Conference Organisation Committee),
with cc to Lucie K. Morisset (session organizer):

CFP: Museums and Communities. The Heritage of Belonging

Call for Papers

International Conference: Museums and Communities. The Heritage of Belonging

Date:  8 – 10 November 2012
Location: NAi Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Organisation: Erasmus University Rotterdam – Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the upcoming conference on “Museums and Communities. The Heritage of Belonging”. This conference focuses on the relation between museums, heritage and communities. In times of mobility and change, history museums play an important role in societal questions of social cohesion, identity and belonging. In search of their roots, people turn to heritage. History is popular as never before and it surfaces in all contemporary media. At the same time, the communication era offers new possibilities for communities based on common interests and preferences, or popular and corporate culture. Museums in general, as part of the public sphere, are an important tool in this dynamic process of heritage formation and the performance of community.

To address these topics, the Erasmus University Rotterdam organises an international three-day conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. We would welcome presentations on community building, performativity and the dynamics of cultural heritage, as well as presentations on new practices of engaging communities in museums and representing communities in exhibition display. We are honoured to announce two keynote speakers. Richard Sandell of Leicester University will discuss the relation between museums and human rights. Kevin Moore – director at National Football Museum in Manchester – will be talking about the museum and popular culture.

Prof. dr. Marlite Halbertsma, Prof. dr. Paul van de Laar, Dr. Stijn Reijnders, Dr. Hélène Verreyke, Dorus Hoebink MA.

This conference concludes the Community Museums Past and Present project, which is part of the NWO programme Cultural Dynamics (http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_6J8FRJ_Eng). The Community Museums Past and Present project is financed by the VSB foundation.

Submission proposals
Please send your proposal to: verreyke@eshcc.eur.nl
Deadline 15 February 2012
300 words (max.) abstract.
100 words bio (affiliation, line of research).
All abstracts and presentations must be in English.

Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
Theory
Community building
Museums and performativity
Museums and identity
Heritage ownership
Popular culture, fan communities and their heritage
Corporate heritage

Practice
Engaging communities
Outreach programmes
Heritage projects
Crowdsourcing
Social media / New media
Exhibition design

Museums and Community is a three-day conference with two days of keynote sessions in the morning and thematic sessions in the afternoon. The conference will take place at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in the Museum Park in the centre of Rotterdam.