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Ethnographic approaches and conceptual discussions in architectural conservation: dialogues, actions and conflictivities in the articulation between multiple actors 
Jorge Tomasi (CONICET - Universidad Nacional de Jujuy)
Julieta Barada (CONICET, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy)
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Wednesday 27 October, 13:00-14:30

Short Abstract:

This panel proposes a conceptual and methodological discussion of the established institutional criteria for architectural conservation, from the ethnographic comprehension of local practices and the articulation between different actors in case studies.

Long Abstract

Architectural conservation has a long history sustained by the establishment of certain criteria based on Western and Eurocentric conceptions of architecture and its duration. These criteria are based on the discussions of the 19th century and were consolidated from the action of several international organizations (UNESCO, ICOMOS) in the middle of the 20th century, on the basis of aspirations of universality. Although these conceptions have been discussed and transformed over time, they have not implied radical conceptual changes. In turn, national states have deployed different policies and strategies for the conservation of their architectures, strongly influenced by the construction of rigid national identities. These views have tended to make invisible other ways of conceiving architecture, its practices, techniques and materials, in their durability by local communities. In this framework, the relationship between different actors involved in the becoming of architectures over time constitutes a field of conflicts in which academics and experts have the possibility of operating and influencing. Ethnography, as an integral approach, provides the tools for understanding local conceptions of conservation and the emerging tensions between communities, states and organizations. This panel will promote conceptual discussion on this field, while seeking to make visible alternative experiences of architectural conservation, considering their possibilities and difficulties. Participants will make brief presentations of their papers, which will allow a subsequent horizontal discussion from certain relevant issues.

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