How are biological, cultural, genetic, and linguistic diversity categorised and conserved, and what can one field learn from another?
Diversity is a term that, since its emergence, has become the currency of natural and cultural heritage protection. There is a perception of a future in crisis due to the threat of biological, cultural, linguistic and genetic homogeneity. Organisations tasked with preventing this potential crisis are charged with determining and selecting forms of diversity in order to project them into an uncertain future, and in doing so, they each create their own, distinctive futures. This theme explored ethnographically a range of domains concerned with practices of categorisation, preservation and management of different forms of diversity in comparative perspective. While the potential for innovation in knowledge transfer across some of these fields has recently been acknowledged, such thinking has not been widely pursued. We explored the range of practices undertaken across various different heritage domains which share an aim in the maintenance of ecological, cultural, linguistic and biological diversity, and the values associated with these practices. In doing so, we have aimed to articulate the potential for innovative forms of knowledge exchange and the development of shared work practices between them, as well as the ways in which their boundaries might be challenged, reconfigured or removed.
The United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001) asserts that cultural heritage is the common heritage of humanity, and ties cultural diversity to human rights ...
Assembling and Conserving Biodiversity in a Frozen Ark
Heritage Futures at the 2018 Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference
Members of the Heritage Futures research team will be convening and presenting at seven sessions at the Association for Critical Heritage Studies 2018 conference at Zheijang University in Hangzhou, China from 1st-6th September.
If you’re heading there, come check out (at least) one of our sessions. Or follow our twitter @Future_Heritage and website for updates resulting from these sessions.
Heritage Futures: Some thoughts on the value of comparative research to critical heritage studies
04/07/2018 — 04/07/2018
Oranges and Lemons: When is the Heritage of Diversity?
London's Brick Lane mosque listing description asks difficult questions about how past and present are integrated in heritage management, and whether we are as bold in what we do with heritage as in what we say about it.
Collecting Change/Changing Collections
Heritage Futures PhD researcher Kyle Lee-Crossett will be hosting a day-long workshop together with archive and museum professionals from a wide range of disciplines to reflect on and discuss the goals and challenges of contemporary collecting, particularly in regards to representing diverse communities and environments in London and beyond.
Location: UCL Institute of Advanced Studies
Techniques of Worlding: Categorization Knowledge Exchange at Kew
Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP)
Linguists estimate that half of the 7000 spoken languages today will have fallen silent by ...
30/10/2015 — 01/11/2015
The 100,000 Year Question
Heritage Futures at Future Fest
06/07/2018 — 07/07/2018
6-7 July 2018
In partnership with the AHRC Heritage Priority Area, we have been invited to programme two panels across two days for this year’s FutureFest, Europe’s largest Festival of the Future. Join us, along with project partners and friends of the project, for “Frozen Futures” on Friday and “Curated Decay” on Saturday.
Heritage Futures team. 2018. Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage. CONTEXT: 155. 22-24.
Rodney Harrison et al. 2016. Heritage Futures. Archaeology International 19: 68–72.
From the Vault to the Archive
Manchester Museum, One Year On
What does Doomsday look like?
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is sometimes called the “Doomsday Vault.” Evocation of an apocalypse – red deserts, rats and roaches – is built into that term. But is that how we should really conceive of it?