The dynamics of heritage and social memory in the politics of identity and citizenship of 'intangible cultural heritage holders' or people living in heritage sites, in times of climate change, extreme poverty, population displacements, territorial disputes, social conflicts and war.
The practical and symbolic uses of safeguarded sites, artifacts, knowledge systems, cultural performances, rituals and of narratives about the past are materials that have been central to anthropological literature for many decades. However, the theme gains particular shapes and qualities in the present times, raising a growing interest in contemporary academia as well as in national and international public spheres, as well as in multilateral institutions such as UNESCO and WIPO. Climate change, extreme poverty, population displacements, territorial disputes, social conflicts and war are themes increasingly taken into account by researchers on cultural heritage and memory.
Adopting this broader frame of reference, this panel focuses on the dynamics of heritage and social memory as part of the politics of identity and citizenship embedded on the lives and experiences of 'intangible cultural heritage holders' or of people living in heritage sites. The topic includes - but is not restricted to - the following subthemes: public policies, expert regimes and indigenous initiatives of heritage management; the objectification and display of selected tangible or intangible 'cultural elements' as seen from post-colonial perspectives; the place of heritage and memory in people's aspirations and struggle for cultural rights and social well-being.
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