This panel aims to explore the intersections and divergences between the field of heritage studies and the field of visual anthropology, both at a theoretical and at a methodological level. It focuses on how heritage processes are constituted through images and how these in turn may affect heritage.
This panel aims to explore the intersections between the field of heritage studies and the field of visual anthropology, including visual studies and the history and ethnology of folkloric image production. The aim is to critically discuss the divergences, connections and interactions between these fields, exploring theoretical and methodological issues that may be relevant for both contemporary anthropological and folklore debates. Confluences between heritage studies and audiovisual production are multiple and complex. Heritage can be variously "expressed" through visual techniques: the role of audiovisual production should not just be conceived as a means of expression, but can also provide an opportunity to reflect and theorize, to problematize heritage realities, and to represent alternative understandings of heritage, questioning its past orientation through the audiovisual potentiality to express new realities in a future-oriented manner. We are seeking paper presentations tacking down this confluence and addressing the following questions and issues to be addressed: How are heritage processes constituted through images and how them in turn affect heritage? Are there ways to problematize heritage processes through audiovisual means? How can audiovisuals represent folkloric cultures and processes without reifying them into forms of heritage? How are heritage policies affected by cultural images? How does heritage work as a producer of images? How can the field of heritage studies be reflect upon the production and exploration of audiovisual techniques and methodologies? How can audiovisual production express heritage?