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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.


-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 Session “Heritage in a Poscolonial Age”, inaugural ACHS conference Gothenburg

For the inaugural conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies on the topic of “Re-theorisation of Heritage” in Gothenburg, Sweden, 5-8 June 2012 (http://www.gu.se/infoglueCalendar/digitalAssets/1775484548_BifogadFil_Conference_Announcement_ACHS%202012_Third_CALL.pdf), I seek contributions to the following session:

When ‘the rest’ enters ‘the West’: Heritage in a Postcolonial Age

Since the beginning of modernity, international heritage tourists’ travel routes have typically led from “the West” to “the rest” of the world (“the West and the rest”, cf. Stuart Hall). In the last few years, however, the expansion and lower cost of travel opportunities on the one hand, and the economic upturn in parts of the global “East” and “South” on the other hand, have made western destinations accessible for more and more people from the former “rest of the world” in the framework of leisure-time travelling.

This session enquires whether and how western-influenced patterns of world order, constructions of identities, as well as interactions in tourist space change when “the West” no longer tours “the rest”, as has been practiced for centuries, but when “the rest” starts to knock on Western doors in order to consume locally, now in the role of tourists to be served,

–          their own heritage in the western world, and/or

–          “the West” in the variety of its local heritages.

With which consequences, re-establishing or thwarting existing power relations between cultures, will heritage(s) in these touristic settings be (re-)negotiated and (re-)experienced?

Particularly welcome are empirically oriented papers that examine the interaction of specific groups in tourist settings, such as travelers (from the global “South”/“East”), those visited (in the “West”) and those active in the service sector. Also very welcome are theoretically informed papers that criticize central concepts of heritage (tourism) studies – such as the tourist gaze, authenticity, experiential vs. educational tourism – for reproducing the West-rest-paradigm, or that challenge the West/rest dichotomy still noticeable in much heritage re­search.

In a nutshell, this session aims to bring together papers that take diverse “the rest and the West”-scenarios in the field of heritage tourism as a point of departure in order to

–          a) critically reflect the “West-rest-paradigm” in the field of heritage research,

–          b) sketch out new categories of scientific thinking and

c) set out to work on a new, postcolonial heritage research agenda.

Please send a title and abstract of no more than 250 words to Sybille Frank (Sybille.Frank@em.uni-frankfurt.de) by 28 January 2012. Thank you very much!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Dr. Sybille Frank | Vertretungsprofessur für Soziologie des Raums |

Goethe Universität Frankfurt | FB Gesellschaftswissenschaften |

Robert-Mayer-Str. 5 | Postfach 11 19 32 | D – 60054 Frankfurt am Main |

Telefon +49.069.798-22929 / Sekr.: -22052 |


CFP – Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Announcement – Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Inaugural Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 5-8, 2012

The inaugural conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies will be held at the  University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2012. The Association of Critical Heritage  Studies, to be launched at this conference, will establish (in association with the International Journal of Heritage Studies) an extensive network of heritage scholars across the globe in order to debate and discuss cutting-edge research in the field of heritage studies. We see Critical Heritage Studies as a synthesis emerging from diverse disciplinary fields, in particular public history, memory studies, museology, cultural heritage, tourism studies, architecture and planning, conservation, as well as cultural geography, sociology, cultural studies and policy, anthropology, archaeology and ethnomusicology, and encourage people working in those areas to submit papers or propose sessions/workshops that address the inter-disciplinary nature of heritage studies.

The theme of the conference is ‘The Re/theorisation of Heritage Studies’. This conference will develop current theoretical debates to make sense of the nature and meaning of heritage. As such, we invite submissions from people working within the ‘broad church’ of the current flowering of contemporary heritage studies. Papers should encourage cross-cutting thinking and should not be afraid to try to theorise what critical heritage studies is and where it should go. They should be underpinned by an active move away from site- and artefact-based definitions of heritage in a traditional sense and should pursue instead a range of methodologies and questions aiming at interdisciplinarity stemming from social science scholarly traditions, the natural sciences, and also creative sciences such as art and the performing arts.

Preliminary key note speakers include:
• Sharon Macdonald, University of Manchester (tbc)
• Laurajane Smith, Australian National University

Conference subthemes will include:
• Critical heritage theory;
• Issues of representation;
• Heritage and non-representational theory;
• The politics of affect
• A consideration of emotion and the senses;
• Memory and identity work of communities, nations and other interests in relation to heritage;
• The utilisation of heritage discourses in debates over multiculturalism, nationalism and globalisation;
• Heritage, power and recognition;
• Heritage and human rights;
• The exploration of methodologies for mapping and exploring the social and cultural consequences of heritage;
• Intangible heritage and its implications for re-theorising heritage;
• Non-Western challenges to dominant Western heritage concepts and characterisation of non-Western appreciations of heritage;
• Work on digital heritage that goes beyond technical treatments of archiving and embraces a range of social media and other forms of interactivity;
– The performative nature of heritage – theorising craft, art and creativity as discourses in heritage;
– Theorising and redefining heritage practices – the merging of discourses;
– Re-thinking conservation science – the blending of creative discourse into social and natural sciences;
– The performative nature of heritage – artistic practices, artistic research and theorizing perspectives in dialogue.

Abstract/Paper Submissions
Submissions are encouraged for sessions, workshops, panel discussions and performances, as well as individual papers (20 minute duration):
• The deadline for abstracts on sessions, workshops and panel discussions is 30 November 2011.
• The deadline for individual papers or performances is 31 December 2011.
• Selected papers and/or sessions will be published in IJHS.

Abstracts should be addressed to Bosse Lagerqvist (Conference Organisation Committee) and
either emailed, faxed or posted to:
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

Registration: 315 USD/220 Euro
(Registration fees for students and participants from non-OECD countries will be 150 Euro,
including lunch, coffee breaks and conference documentation)
Conference dinner: 30 Euro (Preliminary)
Post-conference excursions: To be announced

Conference Organisation Committee
Bosse Lagerqvist, Department of Conservation, bosse.lagerqvist@conservation.gu.se
Christer Ahlberger, Department of Historical studies, christer.ahlberger@history.gu.se
Johan Öberg, Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, johan.oberg@konst.gu.se
Mikela Lundahl, Department of Global studies, mikela.lundahl@globalstudies.gu.se

Scientific Committee
Annie Clarke (Australia), Rodney Harrison (UK), David Harvey (UK), Emma Waterton, (Australia), Steve Watson (UK), Ola Wetterberg (Sweden), Rohit Jigyasu (Tokyo).

Conference: Re-Visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory, Practice

Re-Visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory, Practice

We invite young and established researchers in museum studies, anthropology, art history, sociology, architecture, design, archaeology, and all related fields including practitioners in museums, galleries, and archives to apply for the Re-Visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory, Practice Conference.
This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Linköping University (LiU). The conference will take place on 17-21 July 2011 at Scandic Linköping Vast, Linköping, Sweden.

Submission Deadline: 17 April 2011

Grants for Young and Early Stage Researchers available.
Further information can be found below and at www.esf.org/conferences/11365

We would very much appreciate if you could circulate this announcement among your colleagues and your contacts.

Re-Visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory, Practice
17-21 July 2011

Chaired by:
Sharon MacDonald – University of Manchester,UK
Cilly Kugelmann – Jewish Museum Berlin, DE


Museums form an important part of the cultural heritage of all European countries. As institutions museums have tended to remain focused on the nation state for historical, political and financial reasons, but many of the issues museums aim to respond to today transcend national boundaries. This international European Science Foundation funded conference seeks to provide a platform for exchange, reflecting on the new EU-wide interest in museums as spaces of cultural encounter that occupy a unique position at the junction between ‘the local’, ‘the national’ and ‘the global’.
Invited speakers will include

Tony Bennett – University of Western Sydney, AU
Mary Bouquet – University College Utrecht, NL
Hans Hollein – Atelier Hollein, AT
Marta Lourenço – University of Lisbon, PT
Eithne Nightingale – Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
Anthony Shelton – University of British Columbia, US
Pamela H. Smith – Columbia University, US
How to Participate

Attendance is possible only after successful application. Full conference programme and application form accessible from www.esf.org/conferences/11365 

A certain number of grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs.

Closing date for applications: 17 April 2011

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Job: Senior Lecture Position in Landscape Heritage, Sweden

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Sciences
Department of Landscape Architecture
Senior lecturer
in Landscape Planning

SLU is an international university, world class in live and environmental sciences. We are ranked among the Top 100 of ca 5,000 European universities. We have a strong research focus, but we also offer some of Sweden´s most in-demand educations; veterinarian, forester, and landscape architect.

SLU has close to 3,000 employees and some 5,000 students. Annual turnover is SEK 2.7 billion, and activities are concentrated to the main campuses in Uppsala, Alnarp, Umeå and Skara.

Subject area: Landscape Planning in the context of Gardens, Parks and Landscapes – their history and cultural heritage.

Duties: The senior lecturer is expected not only to develop her/his own research and teaching, but also to lead and develop the research and teaching within the subject area. Teaching includes the department’s basic and advanced teaching, as well as its postgraduate training.

A person shall be qualified for appointment as senior lecturer if he or she has completed a doctorate or has corresponding academic qualifications or some other professional skill that is of value with regard to the subject matter concerned and the duties that the position will involve, has taken a course in teaching and learning in higher education or acquired corresponding knowledge in some other way and has demonstrated teaching skills. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching skills as to the assessment of other circumstances.

Assessment criteria:
Assessment for the appointment shall be based on the degree in which a candidate possesses the skill required to qualify for appointment. Furthermore, regard shall be paid to the degree in which a candidate possesses administrative and other skills of importance, taking into account the subject matter determined by the institution of higher education for the position and the duties that the position will involve. Moreover, regard shall be paid to the degree in which a candidate possesses skills in developing and managing activities and staff at the higher education institution and aptitude in interacting with the surrounding community and informing people about research and development projects.

Candidates will preferably have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Landscape Architecture, acquired by advanced studies and/or professional practice. First priority will be given to candidates with an excellent capacity and proven track record for building and consolidating work-groups and initiating and maintaining national and international networks on teaching and research within the subject area. Second priority is an ability to work in a broad, multi-disciplinary and multi-competence context, crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries. Thirdly, a willingness and aptitude to engage in community outreach and interaction with society outside academia will also be appreciated.

Within two years of appointment, the successful candidate is expected to be able to communicate (spoken and written) in one of the Scandinavian languages.
The application shall be written in any of the Scandinavian languages or in English.

Extent: 100%
Starting date By agreement

The scientific and pedagogic documentation submitted in support of the application shall be indicated in the application, and one copy of each document shall be made available to the Registrar at the time of application. At most 10 scientific publications and at most 10 pedagogic publications, including popularized versions, should be submitted in support of the application. In addition a complete list of publications shall be supplied; the publications submitted with the application must be indicated. When expert reviewers have been appointed, the applicant(s) will be informed to send copies of the documentation listed in the application to each one of the reviewers.


SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

University salaries are set on an individual basis.

Further information:
Anders Larsson
Head of Department
+46(0)40 41 54 37

Further information about the formal application process:
Torleif Ljung
+46(0)40 41 50 44

A guide for applicants “Appointment procedures for SLU” and a “Memorandum for Guidance in connection with applications for appointment/promotion to professor and senior lecturer at SLU” can be found at internt.slu.se. Documentation of scientific, pedagogical and other qualifications must be presented in accordance with the instructions given in these documents.

Academic union representatives:
Andrus Kangro, SACO
+46 (0)40 415 479

Jörgen Olsson, ST
+46 (0)40 415 431

Application, addressed to the Vice-Chancellor, SLU, quoting ref. no. 3400/2010 , together with a current CV and other documents that the applicant wishes to submit, must be received by the Registrar, SLU, P. O. Box 7070, S-750 07 Uppsala or registrator@slu.se by January 11, 2011.

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