CFP: Critical Heritage and Tourism

CFP: Critical Heritage and Tourism

Conference
Society for Applied Anthropology 76th Annual Meeting
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | March 29–April 2, 2016
http://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/

Session Title
Critical Heritage and Tourism

Session Organizers
Marina La Salle and Rich Hutchings, Department of Anthropology, Vancouver Island University, and Institute for Critical Heritage and Tourism, British Columbia, Canada

Session Abstract
In Understanding the Politics of Heritage, Rodney Harrison (2010) challenges readers to “question the unwritten suggestion … that heritage is necessarily ‘good.’” For Harrison, critical understanding means uncovering “ways in which heritage embodies relationships of power and subjugation, inclusion and exclusion, remembering and forgetting.” It is this call for critical inquiry that we take up in this session.

We critically explore the intersection of heritage and tourism by discussing them in their larger social, political, and ecological contexts. Working under the umbrella of Critical Heritage Studies, participants are unified in their approach to heritage as a contemporary ideological process. It is understood that disentangling and problematizing heritage and tourism requires the “ruthless criticism of everything existing”; mobilizing this critique into action requires even more.

While we invite participants of this session to speak on any aspect of heritage and tourism, we particularly welcome those that emphasize an inter/postdisciplinary approach to:

  • the role of colonialism, capitalism, and development
  • selective remembering and revisionist histories
  • gendered and racialized spaces and places
  • resistance and activism, especially Indigenous and grassroots approaches
  • bridging “nature” and “culture”
  • bridging “urban” and “rural”

Correspondence
Interested parties should contact session organizers Marina La Salle and Rich Hutchings by September 28, 2015 at icht[dot]bc[at]gmail[dot]com

CFP: Heritage and the Late Modern State

CFP: Heritage and the Late Modern State

Conference
Association of Critical Heritage Studies Third Biennial Conference
Montreal, Canada | 6-10th June 2016
http://achs2016.uqam.ca/en/

Session Title
Heritage and the Late Modern State

Session Abstract
This session explores the different ways late modern states control and translate heritage, both their own and that of others. While modern governments have always played a role in the production and authorization of heritage, late modern states have unprecedented command over the heritage landscape. Coinciding with the postwar economic boom, globalization, and most recently neoliberalism, the state has come to dominate the most vital aspects of heritage, ranging from research (heritage production) to education (heritage reproduction) and governance (heritage stewardship). As such, the late modern state (1950-present) constitutes an important framework for exploring contemporary heritage environments. Aspects of the late modern heritage landscape given primacy in this session include state institutions and their bureaucracies (e.g., schools, libraries, museums, biology/natural resource management, archaeology/cultural resource management), and heritage under capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, globalization, and neoliberalism. Contributors to this timely session are asked to speak to the following 2016 Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference themes, in part or in whole:

  • Imagined communities;
  • Heritage in conflict and cooperation;
  • Critical sustainability perspectives;
  • The rise and fall of expert knowledge;
  • Rethinking heritage policies beyond elite cultural narratives; and
  • The future of heritage.

Session Organizers
Richard Hutchings, Vancouver Island University, British Columbia
Joshua Dent, Western University Canada, Ontario

Correspondence
Interested parties should contact the organizers at richard[dot]hutchings[at]viu[dot]ca