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Heritage as contributor to policymaking

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Regular session
9:00, Monday 6 Jun 2016 (1 hour 30 minutes)
The Manifesto of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies (2011) argues for a more critical approach to heritage: heritage from below, writ large, in service of society. The integration of heritage and museum studies with those of community, development, memory, planning, public history and tourism is urged in the Manifesto, as is opening up to other disciplinary traditions such as anthropology, political science and sociology, for dialogue and collaboration on external research and policy projects. To this we would add the disciplines of science. The many issues facing the world today echo through the papers published in the International Journal for Heritage Studies in 2012 and 2013. This leads also to a call for broader issues-based research and, by extension, practice,  within a more apposite and reflective heritage studies.
This session's objective is to discover heritage skill and knowledge sets which can or do contribute in the broader policy environment to improved policy-making, implementation and outcomes. A non-exhaustive list of policy areas is cultural, economic, environmental, Indigenous, social and sustainable.
To achieve this objective we invite papers that demonstrate the use of:
• negotiation skills, gained through heritage practice,
• heritage understanding of place and time,
• heritage understanding of connections between people, things, places and values,
• heritage understanding of balancing conflicting values,
• heritage analytical and language skills e.g. in effectively framing policy problems.
University of British Columbia

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