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Digital heritage communities: between material uncertainties and virtual proximities 
Pedro Antunes (CRIA-NOVA - Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Marta Prista (CRIA NOVA FCSH (Centre for Research in Anthropology NOVA University of Lisbon School of Social Sciences and Humanities))
Vincenzo Scamardella (Aix-Marseille Université (Ideas))
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Friday 9 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

As an embodied experience and a shared system of knowledge, heritage-making is an important device to re-articulate the 'social'. Within the context of uncertain face-to-face forms of sociality, what novel approaches can the digital bring to the heritage field?

Long Abstract:

The analysis of different forms of solidarity and the processes which underlie group-making and social cohesion have long been established as a constitutive field of inquiry in the history of anthropological research. With the concept of "imagined community", Benedict Anderson explored the imagined nature of the social bond; well before him, Gabriel Tarde sought to understand how, even at distance, social aggregates were still formed where there was no proximity, taking shape as 'virtual crowds'. More recently, in the field of heritage studies, local 'communities of practice' have been constituted to deal with situations of crisis, uncertainty, or the threat of loss.

In an era of climate emergency, rising border restrictions, and pandemics, we seek to explore the effects of the increased lack of interpersonal forms of cultural exchange, questioning how heritage actors re-imagine themselves as communities today. Do heritage collectives still gather around place and presence or, alternatively, around practices and co-presence?

This panel welcomes case studies that look at different uses of digital technology, social media or other forms of virtual boundedness in the reassembling of 'heritage collectives' - e.g., cultural associations, social affiliations, religious and/or ethnic groups engaged in safeguarding vulnerable entities, cultural legacies or systems of knowledge - and in particular those that explore innovative methods in their approach.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 9 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 9 June, 2023, -