Appel à communication

Le colloque « Tourism and the Shifting Values of Cultural Heritage: Visiting Pasts, Developing Futures  » se déroulera à Taiwan du 5 au 9 avril 2013.

L’appel a communication(300 mots) doit être déposé avant le 5 octobre 2012.

This conference seeks to examine both the tensions and opportunities in the processes of valuing and protecting cultural heritage and, in mobilising it for development purposes in the wider social sphere. We wish to explore how heritage ‘works’ in the context of shifting and mobile values and, the various ways in which tourism and tourists shape, embed and change the value of heritage in societies. How does the doing of tourism and the being a tourist, impact upon our understandings and appreciation of cultural heritage? How do our values regarding the past change? How do / should we communicate cultural heritage to tourists and society at large, in an age of immediacy, a time of multiple realities and in multi-cultural societies? Such questions underpin the policies and politics of cultural heritage and the dynamics of international tourism.

The Conference aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and we invite papers from all disciplines and fields including: anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, cultural geography, cultural studies, ethnology and folklore, economics, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, philosophy, political science, sociology, tourism studies and urban/spatial planning. Potential themes of interest include: Understanding tourist experiences of heritage sites – narrative, memory and emotion Interpreting and communicating the values of heritage – engaging complex audiences Identity building through tangible and intangible heritage – challenging traditions Regeneration programmes based on heritage – economies of nostalgia Processes of commodifying pasts for touristic consumption – (dis)inventing tradition Heritages of conflict – power, glory and displacement Mobile heritage – diasporas, routes and roots

Please send a 300 word abstract of your paper with a clear title to: ( as soon as possible but no later than October 5th 2012. Please be sure to include your full contact details. Professor Mike Robinson Chair of Cultural Heritage University of Birmingham


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