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Unmaking/remaking heritage: renewing labels, expertise and temporalities 
Willem van Wijk (Leiden University, Institute for Cultural Anthropology Developmental Sociology)
Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo (University of Bremen)
Simay Çetin (Leiden University)
Jasmijn Rana (Leiden University)
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Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores the recent unmaking and remaking of heritage by relabeling, democratizing and rethinking past-future relationships. It draws on unauthorized and critical forms of heritagization to upset sanctioned expertise and its reliance on the nation-state’s binaries of ‘home’ and ‘away’.

Long Abstract:

Investigating how entrenched heritage definitions and practices are being contested, this panel addresses ‘unmaking’ and ‘remaking’ heritage. Social movements like the Gezi Park protests in Turkey and Black Lives Matter worldwide pose a challenge to authorities that determine our public heroes and the ideals they represent. Civil actions often challenge heritage designations pursued for narrow nationalist politics and economic gain and demand redistributions of expertise, different commemorations, and material interventions in how heritage is represented.

The panel invites a critical exploration of efforts to democratize heritage valuation processes, for example through particular heritage claims by ‘heritage communities’ (as the FARO Convention calls them), and examines how these efforts confront and question authorized and institutionalized heritage discourses whose tenets primarily validate those identities that align with its sanctioned heritage. This process further reinforces the binary divide between those considered ‘at home’ and those who are from ‘elsewhere.’ In this panel, we examine the ‘unmaking’ of the (implicit) focus on the nation-state, by focusing on uses of heritage by people moving their homes across borders and boundaries. Their everyday, un-authorized heritage is not burdened by state-sanctioned expertise, reinvents their pasts en route, and relabels the materials and memories needed to build new presents and futures. How do such migrants re-envision the idea of 'home' beyond their physical dwelling and filled with hope for a future? How does it challenge or unmake national temporalities and histories, upset the values of sanctioned curatorial expertise, and redefine who heritage is primarily for?

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -