CFP: Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions

Call for Papers
Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and
13-16 July 2015, Liverpool, UK
Abstracts of 300 words with full contact details should be sent as soon as
possible but no later than 15th December 2014 to
Trans-Atlantic dialogues on cultural heritage began as early as the voyages
of Leif Ericson and Christopher Columbus and continue through the present
day. Each side of the Atlantic offers its own geographical and historical
specificities expressed and projected through material and immaterial
heritage. However, in geopolitical terms and through everyday mobilities,
people, objects and ideas flow backward and forward across the ocean, each
shaping the heritage of the other, for better or worse, and each shaping the
meanings and values that heritage conveys. Where, and in what ways are these
trans-Atlantic heritages connected? Where, and in what ways are they not?
What can we learn by reflecting on how the different societies and cultures
on each side of the Atlantic Ocean produce, consume, mediate, filter,
absorb, resist, and experience the heritage of the other?

This conference is brought to you by the Ironbridge International Institute
for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), University of Birmingham and the
Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP),
University of Illinois and offers a venue for exploring three critical
interactions in this trans-Atlantic dialogue: heritage, tourism and
traditions. North America and Europe fashioned two dominant cultural tropes
from their powerful and influential intellectual traditions, which have been
enacted in Central/South America and Africa, everywhere implicating
indigenous cultures. These tropes are contested and linked through
historical engagement and contemporary everyday connections. We ask: How do
heritages travel? How is trans-Atlantic tourism shaped by heritage? To what
extent have traditions crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic? How have
heritage and tourism economies emerged based upon flows of peoples and
popular imaginaries?
The goal of the conference is to be simultaneously open-ended and
provocative. We welcome papers from academics across a wide range of
disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture,
business, communication, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography,
landscape architecture, literary studies, media studies, museum studies,
popular culture,  postcolonial studies, sociology, tourism, urban studies,
etc. Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to,
the following:
-The heritage of trans-Atlantic encounters
-Travelling intangible heritages
-Heritage flows of popular culture
-Re-defining heritage beyond the
-The heritage of Atlantic crossings
-World Heritage of the
Atlantic periphery
-Rooting and routing heritage
-Community and Nation on
-Visualising the Trans-Atlantic world

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