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Affective engagements with the historic urban landscape - how do we proceed? 
Ólafur Rastrick (University of Iceland)
Rita Grīnvalde (Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia)
Vilhelmína Jónsdóttir (University of Iceland)
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Urban studies
Saturday 10 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

The panel seeks to draw together studies exploring sensory and emotional engagement with historic urban landscapes. It invites papers on people-centred approaches and explorations on how recognition of the affective quality of people-place relations can inform heritage management and urban planning.

Long Abstract:

The historic urban landscape approach promises a focus "on the entire human environment with all of its tangible and intangible qualities" (UNESCO, 2011). Taking up this plea, the panel seeks to draw on the affective turn within critical heritage studies to explore sensory and emotional experiences of urban places and investigate how such insights might inform heritage management and urban planning. Emotional attachment to (or detachment from) historic places, how places have gained value and meaning through memory and stories, experiences and affective engagements, are constitutive of the very reasons why and how the past matters to people. Such relations can thus be seen as foundational when it comes to issues of conservation and redevelopment of the urban landscape. Conversely, affective relations seem generally to exceed current legal frameworks for heritage protection. However, with people-centred conservation having been firmly placed on the agenda of heritage management, uncertainty remains about how an enhanced understanding of sensory, affective, and emotional relations between people and place can contribute to reassessment of what is valued, how and by whom when it comes to historic urban landscape.

The panel seeks to draw together innovative studies exploring peoples' emotional relationship with historic urban landscapes and explorations of the social impact and implications of these concerns. It is open for papers focusing on methodological, theoretical, and case specific examinations of urban heritage and people-place relations. We welcome papers tackling the challenges of people-centred practices and seeking to lower barriers remaining in implementing such strategies in heritage management.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Saturday 10 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Saturday 10 June, 2023, -