Professors Máiréad Nic Craith and Ullrich Kockel of Heriot-Watt's Intercultural Research Centre, in association with Professor William Logan of Deakin University, Melbourne, have produced a comprehensive, state-of-the-art interdisciplinary reference work for the study of cultural heritage, published in Wiley-Blackwell's prestigious Companion series.
A Companion to Heritage Studies covers the key themes of research and practice, including cultural preservation, environmental protection, world heritage and tourism, ethics, and human rights. Accessibly organized into a substantial framework-setting essay by the editors followed by three sections on expanding, using and abusing, and recasting heritage, it provides a cutting-edge guide to emerging trends in the field that is global in scope, cross-cultural in focus and critical in approach. The Companion features 37 contributions written by an international array of 44 leading scholars from 5 continents, including some with extensive experience in heritage practice through UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS, and national heritage systems.
The book was launched in Edinburgh's New Club on Friday, 23 October 2015, in the course of Our National Future: Creativity & Creative Industries, an event organised by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Fellows' Media, Creative Industries, Culture & Heritage Network. Launching the Companion, RSA Scotland and MCICH Network Founder Chairman Ann Packard said:
This book is global, diverse in content, easily accessible chapter by chapter, deals with both the tangible and intangible and above all is interdisciplinary, interdisciplinarity being at the heart of the RSA. It should be a welcome resource for all who value culture and heritage, irrespective of their discipline and whether a politician, a policy maker or a planner. It is for the lay reader as much as the heritage professional.