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Re-theoretisation of heritage

5-8 June 2012

Gothenburg, Sweden | University of Gothenburg


The inaugural conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies


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 International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS) 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 Heritage Studies as 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, artistic research and artistic practices, and encourage people working in those areas to submit papers or propose sessions/workshops that address the inter-disciplinary nature 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 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, natural science, and also areas such as artistic practices and the performing arts.


Key note speakers are:

  • Mikela Lundahl, University of Gothenburg
  • Sharon Macdonald, University of Manchester
  • Achille Mbembe, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Tom Selwyn, University of London
  • Laurajane Smith, Australian National University


MeLa researchers involved in the conference

Chris Whitehead, Rhiannon Mason and Susannah Eckersley "Mapping identities: representations of Turkish cultures in museums"

Rhiannon Mason "Postnationalism and the European Public Museum"


Abstract submission

Submissions are encouraged for sessions and individual papers (20 minute duration). Submissions are also encouraged for workshops, panel discussions and performances.

Deadline for abstracts on sessions, workshops and panel discussions: December 31, 2011.  Deadline for individual papers or performances: January 31 2011. 

Selected papers and/or sessions will be published in International Journal of Heritage Studies


Abstracts should be sent to:
Bosse Lagerqvist (Organisation committee)
Fax: +46 31 786 4703
Mail:   University of Gothenburg, Conservation
            P.O. Box 130
            SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden



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» link to the Association of Critical Heritage Studies

» link to the International Journal of Heritage Studies