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 explores 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 explore 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 aim 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: Some thoughts on the value of comparative research to critical heritage studies
04/07/2018 — 04/07/2018
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.
#Diversity RA @EverydayElvis reflects on the 2015 withdrawal from the "Doomsday Vault" @GlobalSeedVault to highligh… https://t.co/5451zQKLzS
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?
Where are all the people? How images of shelving reveal deeper problems in the way we think about archives
Heritage Futures at the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Assembly in New Delhi, India
The Heritage Futures research programme will be joined by members of the AHRC Heritage Priority Area team in attending and organising a number of activities at the 19th ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in New Delhi .
Conserving Worlds, Making Futures: Understanding Biological and Cultural Diversity Conservation in Comparative Perspective
27/05/2016 — 29/05/2016
Royal Anthropological Institute Conference ‘Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change’
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”
The search for ‘improved’ yield and resilience in crop varieties has resulted in increased homogeneity ...
The 100,000 Year Question
Harrison, R. 2017. Freezing Seeds and Making Futures: Endangerment, Hope, Security, and Time in Agrobiodiversity Conservation Practices. Culture, Agriculture, Food & Environment 39(2): 80–89
Is it Doomsday yet? We need to talk about eternity
Heritage Futures at the IUCN
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