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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

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, enshrining difference as something which is both vulnerable to threats posed by modernity and globalisation, whilst also intrinsic to social cohesion and global peace. Our project considers the material and social processes related to the conservation of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Within this theme in particular, we explore the intersections of language preservation with the archival and conservation practices of those engaged with biodiversity preservation. We are also looking at the cultural aspects of our biodiversity partners’ work – from the historic construction of biodiversity constituents to the selection and reproduction techniques involved in caring for them. Importantly, our project explores intersections between natural and cultural heritage conservation, ways in which these might be redefined and considered collectively, and the possibility for developing shared solutions to common problems across these two domains of practice.

Interventions

Talk

Afterlives Salon

02/03/2017

This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures.  How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1

Rodney Harrison
Cornelius Holtorf
Caitlin DeSilvey
Sefryn Penrose
Sarah May
Jennie Morgan
Nadia Bartolini
Antony Lyons
Kyle Lee Crossett

Uncertainty
Transformation
Profusion
Diversity

Nuclear Waste Management
Deep Space Messaging
World Heritage Site Management
Natural Heritage Management
Built Heritage Management
Homes
Museums
Biodiversity
Cultural Diversity