Link: Globalization in the Margins Research Network – http://fasos-research.nl/heritageandglobalization/welcome/
Globalization phenomena have by now become popular topics of research, often focused on the huge cosmopolitan centers of the world: ‘global cities’ such as London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. Such phenomena, however, also occur in peripheral places – rural areas often seen as sites of ‘authenticity’ and as loci of ‘cultural heritage’, where people use local dialects and practice time-tested customs in almost any aspect of life. Studies in Africa and China, but also in non-metropolitan areas in Western Europe, have shown that even such supposedly pristine and untouched cultural zones are now shot through with the same patterns of dynamic blending and rapid innovation as those observed in the global cities. Dialects are changing quickly into new ones, and cultural practices become commodities offered to global tourism. Yet, these cultural instruments simultaneously remain firmly local as emblems of local authenticity and as continuations of tradition.
Rather than seeing this as an aberration or an exception, we intend to study these seemingly paradoxical processes as a crucial theoretical and methodological challenge, capable of telling us some important things about culture, identity, heritage and globalization in general. That means: we will engage with such phenomena as a way into fundamental questions in folklore, dialectology and culture studies. Thus, we intend to extract the broad theoretical and methodological significance of such seemingly marginal phenomena.
Link: UMass Amherst Center for Heritage & Society – http://www.umass.edu/chs/
The UMass Amherst Center for Heritage and Society (CHS) is a multidisciplinary initiative to craft new approaches to heritage conservation and communication around the world. CHS offers research opportunities for scholars working in heritage related fields such as archaeology, history, environmental science, landscape architecture and regional planning, European studies, Native American Indian Studies, Afro-American Studies, Classics, legal studies, and public policy. Additionally, the Center provides undergraduate and graduate students with training and experience in heritage planning and management.
Link: Leiden-Stanford Heritage Network – http://www.networkedheritage.org
The Leiden-Stanford Heritage Network represents a group of heritage ethnographers, practitioners and scholars committed to establishing an innovative set of contributions to heritage practice. The site establishes a globally accessible resource for those working in the heritage sector – from student ethnographers to established consultants and managers – to develop discussion and debate about the current crises facing the global heritage sphere today. Our purpose is to create a space for productive dialog between those who study heritage landscapes, those who define heritage policy and those who are directly affected by heritage initiatives. Our focus aims at addressing current heritage problematics at both the conceptual and practical levels. Presenting original research that underscores the value of the ethnographic approach for understanding the sociopolitical context of stakeholder groups, we hope to provide a timely discussion on the current institutional frameworks and globalist discourses currently shaping the concept of heritage. Our project is based on a commitment to thinking through practical solutions that can help reshape and rethink the heritage sector in more inclusive and democratic terms.
Link: Cultivate Project — http://cultivateproject.dk/
CULTIVATE is a three year research collaboration between the universities of Copenhagen, Uppsala, London, Utrecht and Iceland and part of the HERA Joint Research Programme for the theme “Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation”. With the headline Copyrighting Creativity: Creative values, Cultural Heritage Institutions and Systems of Intellectual Property, the project wishes to investigate the relationship between creativity, intellectual property law, and cultural heritage from a European perspective and against the background of Europe’s multitude of languages, cultures and legal traditions.
Link: “Res Patrimoni” Blog — http://respatrimoni.wordpress.com/
This blog was created by a network of critical researchers on heritagizations of different countries and languages. The blog aims to provide easy access to information and updated news about critical analyses of heritage objects and practices within disciplines as varied as history, political sciences, geography and anthropology.