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Borders of Heritage | Frontières du Patrimoine

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Regular session
11:00, Samedi 4 Juin 2016 (4 heures)
Heritage Changes the Local SocietiesNotions of Heritage
Heritage changes the local societiesheritage and mobilityPost-colonial heritageGlobal vs local
How do borders shape heritage and its potential for change? Despite the growth of international connections in heritage studies, national, linguistic and disciplinary borders continue to structure scholarly and practical approaches to heritage. The aim of this session is therefore threefold. First we will address which borders limit our understanding of heritage today. What are the roles of linguistic, disciplinary, religious and national borders? Which methodologies are best suited to overcome them? Or is the critical turn in heritage studies better served by not overcoming differences but simply making them more transparent: is it actually the multiplicity of approaches created by borders which offers a heuristic tool in itself? Hence, secondly we will investigate the fluidity of borders in a longer trajectory, by looking at the history of transfers of ideas, people and objects across national and cultural borders historically in different contexts. What factors helped increase flow at particular moments? How did these transfers change and transform ideas about heritage lastingly? Yet, while the growing transnational research has helped us over the last years to better understand the cross-border dimension of heritage, this has sometimes let to overlooking the physical and mental barriers to flows. Therefore the session will thirdly look at the solidity of borders, by focusing on borderlands in different geographical, linguistic and historical contexts. How have physical borders, and the performativity of the border in conflict and peace, been affecting ideas of heritage not only in borderlands, but in the centre of nations and transnationally? Is each border unique, or can commonalities be discerned in different context and times? To answer these questions, this session invites scholarly contributions from different disciplines, national academic traditions and linguistic contexts to approach borders as an object of study and as a heuristic tool for a better understanding of the role of cultural particularization versus globalization and other transnational processes relating to heritage.

Dr Astrid Swenson


Sous sessions

11:00 - 11:30 | 30 minutes

Borders—political, institutional and cultural—have been central to the internationalization of heritage in the modern era. The concepts of heritage diplomacy and the border represent fertile analytical grounds for considering how the conservation and governance of heritage has been made and re-made in particular ways. Thinking through borders helps us to interpret why certain knowledge practices prevail, why heritage figures within diplomatic relations, or where and when cooperation either...

Prof. Tim Winter

11:00 - 11:30 | 30 minutes

This paper will question whether memorial culture and battlefield tourism in the Benelux-German borderlands, and more specifically in the Ardennes, have succeeded in challenging our concept of heritage, or if they have instead reconfirmed the solidity of national borders. “Battlefield tourism” began in the borderlands of Belgium and Northern France before the First World War had even ended. During the interwar years, “pilgrims” from around the world visited the cemeteries, memorials, and s...

11:00 - 11:30 | 30 minutes

This paper will provide the conceptual introduction to the panel, drawing on results and reflections stemming from a six-year project on “Frontières du Patrimoine: Circulation des savoirs, des objets et oeuvres d’art,” directed by Nabila Oulebsir, Dominque Poulot, Astrid Swenson and Laurier Turgeon, funded by the Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne (CIERA) and organized by the Centre Georg Simmel (UMR 8131, CNRS-EHESS), in partnership with Université de Poit...

11:00 - 11:30 | 30 minutes

This paper will analyze the effect of shifting borders on European heritage concepts by looking at the physical and imaginary transformations of crusader sites since the beginning of the modern colonization of the Mediterranean. The paper will, in particular, examine the changing interpretations surrounding the Crac des Chevaliers in Syria, the crusader cities of Acco in Israel, the city of Rhodes in Greece, the city of Nicosia in Cyprus and the city of Valetta in Malta. Since Napoleon evi...

11:00 - 11:30 | 30 minutes

This paper aims to study the relationship between food consumption and the construction of place, more specifically, on how the consumption of home-grown agricultural products in Quebec transforms territories into places of heritage. It also intends to shed light on the tensions between the global and the local in the area of food production and contribute to the study of what Arjun Apadurai has tagged “the production of locality”. This transformative process is accomplished, first, by the sy...

Laurier Turgeon


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