Deadline: 1 June 2014
Call for papers for panel: Contemporary Heritage Movements in Asia
Conference: Second Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, December 2-4, 2014
Panel organisers Tod Jones and Ali Mozaffari
Deadline: 1 June 2014
Heritage is a modern concept at the root of the nation-state. At a global scale, heritage processes appear to involve similar patterns of bureaucratic and state-society relations. However, closer examination suggests variations resulting from the specificities of each cultural, national and geographical context. In other words, heritage movements at different geographical and historical moments have distinct characteristics. Like many globalising processes, heritage can manifest quite differently in different places and societies. Heritage politics reveals the variety of the responses by public and privately constituted groups to some of the global challenges of late modernity including nationalism, pluralism, state-society relations and the influence of a growing middle class.
Nationalists’ use of the past in colonial and early postcolonial Asia differs from both the elite movements in developed countries that created the national trusts, and contemporary heritage movements in Asia. The timing of these movements too varies among these Asian countries. This panel is premised on a number of observations. First, contemporary heritage movements in Asian countries are temporally different to their counterparts in the developed countries: but unlike developed countries where these movements preceded heritage legislation and the bulk of state engagement, Asian movements followed state legislative frameworks and often state and international funding of heritage projects. Second, many of these movements are quite recent and have become more prominent as international perspectives on heritage work has demanded that a greater number of groups be consulted. Third, heritage discourses in Asia seem to have been influenced by the increasing number of professionals in heritage or related professions (architecture, design, and archaeology) with knowledge of approaches to heritage in Europe in particular. Finally, these movements are often in countries that struggle to engage with direct or indirect past colonial encounters such that this may constitute much of the built urban heritage. This panel explores the emergence of these groups and focussing on but not limited to the following dimensions:
The emergence and history of these groups: where did they come from and when did they emerge historically (under what historical circumstances);
Who instigated these movements and what are their relationship to social and bureaucratic structures (elite/subaltern distinctions);
What does the formation of these movements reveal about the society in question;
The importance of political shifts and developments in the formation of these movements, in particular opportunities for civil society to engage the state;
The historical construction of heritage and its shifts and contests by and within these groups
How are these groups organised up to the national level and what is their engagement at local, state, national and international levels; and
What type of heritage have they engaged with, where is that heritage located and what are their stories of engagement?
What other relevant examples of community-official engagement in heritage are there to examine?
Any other examination that sheds light on the broad topic of the panel
All paper submissions must be made to the ACHS website before June 1st at http://conferences.criticalheritagestudies.org/. To identify the session, please click on the following link which takes you to the correct page containing find under the conference umbrella themes the heading Critical Approaches to Heritage in Asia, and from there click on ‘Contemporary Heritage Movements in Asia’ to submit your paper proposal. Alternatively click on http://conferences.criticalheritagestudies.org/sessions-with-theme/247 which takes you to the same page and you can submit your abstract from there. Once this is complete please click on ‘submit’ which will register your abstract. You will receive an automated email to your account as a receipt. The two session organisers would very much appreciate if you inform them of your submission via a brief message please.