Heriot Watt University

ASA14 - Transnational Heritages

Re-membering transnational living heritages

Date and Start Time 20 June, 2014 at 09:00


Máiréad Nic Craith (Heriot-Watt University)
Tawny Paul (University of Northumbria)

Heritage is usually regarded as linked to places and bounded (national) spaces. Coinciding with and continuing beyond the Enlightenment, economic and political changes initiated large-scale displacement and relocation, processes continuing and exacerbated by wars, natural disasters, and accelerating globalisation. As a result, the significance of national boundaries has been changing. Drawing on a broad range of ethnographically informed case studies as well as theoretical analysis, this panel explores both sited heritage that straddles boundaries, such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites that extend across borders, and mobile heritage crossing boundaries, by migration or otherwise. We are particularly interested in how individuals and groups of people relate to these heritages over time, how these relationships re-define (=shift the boundaries of) places and spaces, how these processes are memorised and commemorated, and how they thus generate a sense of membership and "home". Our focus is especially on heritages that, while they may attract visitors, are not merely a tourism product, but part of people's everyday life as knowledge, skills and practices. We encourage international, interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives.


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