Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory

Humber Liberal Arts @ IFOA Conference

October 28 & 29, 2016

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Humber College’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Toronto, Canada in association with the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) will be presenting its third annual interdisciplinary conference Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory. The International Festival of Authors (IFOA), one of the most celebrated literary festivals in the world, is located at the Harbourfront Centre, one of downtown Toronto’s major cultural and artistic venues.

The conference aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion among scholars and researchers who study topics on the themes of truth and lies. Some emergent themes to be explored include, but are not limited to:

  • contested meaning
  • repressed truth
  • testimony studies
  • trauma, victimhood
  • distortion
  • “lies that tell the truth”
  • revisionism
  • selective memory
  • gaslighting

Call for Proposals (by April 30 2016):

2016 SfAA Heritage and Tourism Sessions

The Society for Applied Anthropology’s Tourism and Heritage Topical Interest Group has compiled a list of all the heritage and tourism sessions taking place at this year’s SfAA conference in Vancouver, Canada. Included are ICHT’s three Critical Heritage and Tourism sessions, detailed here.

Here are the 2016 SfAA heritage and tourism sessions:

(W-133) WEDNESDAY 3:30-5:20 Cypress 2
Exploring Intersections of the Past and Present: Ethnographic Analyses of National Park Service Landscapes and Narratives

(W-163) WEDNESDAY 5:30-7:20 Cypress 2
Commodifying Heritage: Intersections of Tourism, Politics, and Preservation

(TH-05) THURSDAY 8:00-9:50 Salon E
Intersections of Travel and Culture: The Winning Papers of the 2016 Tourism and Heritage Student Paper Competition, Part I

(TH-35) THURSDAY 10:00-11:50 Salon E
Intersections of Travel and Culture: The Winning Papers of the 2016 Tourism and Heritage Student Paper Competition, Part II

(TH-125) THURSDAY 3:30-5:20 Salon E
Student Posters (Valene Smith Tourism Poster Competition)

(F-55) FRIDAY 10:00-11:50 Thompson
The Business of Leisure: The Political Economy of Tourism Discourse and Practice (PESO

(F-79) FRIDAY 12:00-1:20 Fir
Touring Something Different

(S-22) SATURDAY 8:00-9:50 President
The Intersectionality of Tourism, Conservation, and Development

(S-31) SATURDAY 10:00-11:50 Salon A
Touring for the Greater Good: Service and Volunteer Tourism

(S-63) SATURDAY 12:00-1:20 Salon C
Critical Heritage and Tourism, Part I

(S-93) SATURDAY 1:30-3:20 Salon C
Critical Heritage and Tourism, Part II

(S-96) SATURDAY 1:30-3:20 Salon F
Gender, Music, Education, Evangelical Healing and Intersectionality in Maya Communities of Lake Atitlán Guatemala: Reports from the Ethnographic Field School of North Carolina State University, Part I

(S-123) SATURDAY 3:30-5:20 Salon C
Critical Heritage and Tourism, Part III

(S-126) SATURDAY 3:30-5:20 Salon F
Gender, Music, Education, Evangelical Healing and Intersectionality in Maya Communities of Lake Atitlán Guatemala: Reports from the Ethnographic Field School of North Carolina State University, Part II

ICHT Bulletin 2016-2 | Canada’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve as Economic Development and Colonial Placemaking

“In the Name of Profit” (ICHT Bulletin 2016-1) (PDF) deconstructs the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve/Region (MABR), a UNESCO biosphere reserve located on the populated east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. From a critical heritage perspective, MABR is seen as late modern colonialism and placemaking.


Taking a critical heritage approach to naming and placemaking in contemporary Canada, we discuss how the power to name reflects the power to control people, their land, their past, and ultimately their future. Our case study is the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve (MABR), a recently invented place on Vancouver Island, southwest British Columbia. Through analysis of representations and landscape, we explore MABR as state-sanctioned branding, where a dehumanized nature is packaged for and marketed to wealthy ecotourists. Greenwashed by a feel-good “sustainability” discourse, MABR constitutes colonial placemaking and economic development, representing no break with past practices.

More ICHT publications can be found here.

ICHT Bulletin 2016-1 | First Nation Seafood Security and Food Sovereignty

A background report on Aboriginal Northwest Coast and Salish Sea food security, titled First Nation Seafood Security and Food Sovereignty in Greater Nanaimo, Snuneymuxw Territory, Vancouver Island, is now available online as ICHT Bulletin 2016-1 (PDF). The report’s executive summary states:

This preliminary background study explores coastal First Nations’ food security, emphasizing Pacific Northwest Coast and Salish Sea food systems broadly and Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) territory, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, in particular. The report has three parts: (a) an introduction to (sea)food security discourse, where Aboriginal food insecurity is connected to issues of sovereignty and colonization; (b) an overview of Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) traditional economy, highlighting post-1800 settler population growth and concomitant Snuneymuxw maritime heritage landscape destruction; and (c) an extensive bibliography of coastal food security and sovereignty resources emphasizing Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, and the Nanaimo region. Food insecurity is a serious problem for all Salish Sea Nations, including the Snuneymuxw. A highly complex issue with major implications for Aboriginal health and wellbeing, there is no single “solution.” Rather, radical change is necessary. Minimally, this involves confronting and overcoming colonialism, capitalism, and the ideology of growth, development, and progress.

See more ICHT publications here.

CFP: Critical Heritage and Tourism

CFP: Critical Heritage and Tourism

Society for Applied Anthropology 76th Annual Meeting
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | March 29–April 2, 2016

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”

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

Association of Critical Heritage Studies Third Biennial Conference
Montreal, Canada | 6-10th June 2016

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

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

Association of Critical Heritage Studies 2016 | Montreal, Canada

The third biennial meeting of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) is to be held 6-10 June 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Hosted by the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage at the School of Management of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), in partnership with Concordia University and its Centre for Oral history and digital storytelling, this is the first time the conference has convened in North America.

Details of the 2016 meeting can be found at the dedicated conference website: