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This panel examines participatory and collaborative cultural heritage in retrospective. It explores the aftermath of the participative turn in terms of communities, digitalities and institutions. How has it or should it break the rules of established cultural heritage practices?
Participation as a way to break up hegemonic structures in cultural heritage arenas has been a main methodological and theoretical subject of examination to previous SIEF congresses. Several decades after its introduction into the heritage field it is time for retrospection. This panel will discuss the aftermath of participatory and collaborative cultural heritage practices. We welcome studies based on empirical work that examine if and what ground rules and practices of participation have been established, challenged, broken, and subsequently how participation has led to reinventing new heritage practices.
We encourage proposals on the following topics:
1) Communities' perspectives:
What has the participative turn meant for communities? Has it led to their empowerment and sense of ownership towards heritage? Have their perceptions of the workings and work of cultural heritage changed? How about the visibility and sustainability of community initiatives of folklore, intangible heritage and performance? What is the role of heritage institutions and professionals in these cases?
2) Digital mediations:
Especially relevant in a Covid-19 world, what new and possibly digital methods facilitating participation are emerging? Are there new rules for ethnographic work in participative cultural heritage?
3) Institutional changes:
In terms of museum and heritage practice, how can the outcomes of participation be integrated in the everyday work of heritage professionals? Can or should the idea of collaboration and a more ethnographic approach in heritage work impact our organisational structures? How can participative and collaborative practices open new perspectives and ways of dealing with sensitive societal issues?