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
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: A Tale of Two Treaties
Sefryn Penrose on the cultural heritage of Svalbard and the SGSV’s position there.
Techniques of Worlding: Categorization Knowledge Exchange at Kew
28/02/2017 — 02/03/2017
The Heritage Futures team hosts a Knowledge Exchange workshop at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Collecting Change/Changing Collections - report on the goals and challenges of contemporary collecting
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 at the IUCN
Rodney Harrison (2015) Beyond “Natural” and “Cultural” Heritage: Toward an Ontological Politics of Heritage in the Age of Anthropocene, Heritage & Society, 8:1, 24-42
Heritage Futures exhibition now open at the Manchester Museum
Radical BAME Youth Heritage Project
The search for ‘improved’ yield and resilience in crop varieties has resulted in increased homogeneity ...
Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage
UCL Insitute of Archaeology departmental seminar
The Collections We Want to See: Contemporary Collecting Knowledge Exchange
Conserving diversity: Understanding biological, cultural, linguistic and ecological diversity conservation practices in comparative perspective
31/01/2016 — 02/02/2016
Texas A&M at Qatar 2016 Liberal Arts International Conference, “Crossing Disciplines, Crossing Borders”