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
A Berlin Thought Experiment: Heritage Futures Visits CARMaH
26/04/2017 — 28/04/2017
A Heritage Futures Knowledge Exchange Workshop, held in partnership with the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage in Berlin.
From the Vault to the Archive
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?
Collecting Change/Changing Collections - report on the goals and challenges of contemporary collecting
Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage
03/11/2015 — 07/11/2015
First International Conference on Anticipation
Is it Doomsday yet? We need to talk about eternity
Esther Breithoff and Rodney Harrison. 2018. From ark to bank: extinction, proxies and biocapitals in ex-situ biodiversity conservation practices. International Journal of Heritage Studies.
Performing the Processes and Challenges of Early Career Researchers
Techniques of Worlding: Categorization Knowledge Exchange at Kew
Harrison, R. (2016). World Heritage Listing and the Globalization of the Endangerment Sensibility. In F. Vidal and N. Dias (Eds.), Endangerment, Biodiversity and Culture; 195-217. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
Caitlin DeSilvey and Rodney Harrison. 2019. Anticipating loss: rethinking endangerment in heritage futures. International Journal of Heritage Studies 26 Special Issue