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Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions

13-16 July 2015

Liverpool, United Kingdom | The Adelphi Hotel


The conference Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage is organized by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), University of Birmingham and the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP), University of Illinois.

The conference offers a venue for exploring three critical interactions in this trans-Atlantic dialogue: heritage, tourism and traditions. North America and Europe fashioned two dominant cultural tropes from their powerful and influential intellectual traditions, which have been enacted in Central/South America and Africa, everywhere implicating indigenous cultures. These tropes are contested and linked through historical engagement and contemporary everyday connections. How do heritages travel? How is trans-Atlantic tourism shaped by heritage? To what extent have traditions crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic? How have heritage and tourism economies emerged based upon flows of peoples and popular imaginaries?

The goal of the conference is to be simultaneously open-ended and provocative. The organizers welcome papers from academics across a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, business, communication, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, landscape architecture, literary studies, media studies, museum studies, popular culture, postcolonial studies, sociology, tourism, urban studies, etc. Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to the heritage of trans-Atlantic encounters, travelling intangible heritages, heritage flows of popular culture, re-defining heritage beyond the postcolonial, the heritage of Atlantic crossings, world Heritage of the Atlantic periphery, rooting and routing heritage, community and nation on display, visualising the trans-Atlantic world.

Abstracts of 300 words with full contact details should be sent as soon as possible, but no later than 15 December 2014 to ironbridge(at)

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