CfP - Researching Digital Cultural Heritage - Manchester, 30th November - 1st December 2017


Researching Digital Cultural Heritage

International Conference

Manchester, 30th November - 1st December 2017  


Call for Papers

"Researching Digital Cultural Heritage" is a 2-day international conference in Manchester (30/11 - 1/12 2017), jointly organised by the University of Manchester and Newcastle University. The conference proposes a critical examination of established and emerging theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks in researching cultural heritage spaces, objects, audiences and practices in the digital realm. This includes both the impact that digital media have in developing new research methodologies and frameworks of analysis of cultural heritage; and the practice of researching digitally mediated or digitally constituted heritage objects, spaces and interactions and the environments in which this research takes place.

We invite proposals for 20min presentations that focus and critically reflect on theoretical, methodological, ethical, or analytical approaches in researching cultural heritage in the digital realm. Indicative themes include:

  • Current and emerging research design, methodologies, methods and tools in researching cultural heritage in the digital realm (e.g. digital ethnography, social network analysis, visual analysis, sentiment analysis, text mining, big data, data visualisation, digital archives, web and social media analytics)

  • Digitally enabled collaborative, participatory and reflexive approaches in cultural heritage design, research and practice

  • Ethical considerations and processes in researching digital cultural heritage

  • Researching digital materiality in cultural heritage

  • Researching social media and digital games as cultural heritage

  • Researching audiences in digital cultural heritage environments

  • Researching organisational strategies, structures, processes and workforce in digital cultural heritage

  • Digital/online cultural heritage spaces as research environments

Please find the full Call for Papers and proposal template on the conference's webpage:

Deadline for Proposals: Friday 21st July 2017

Conference email address:   

tim winter
New (free!) Book: The Archaeology of Time Travel (ed. Bodil Petersson and Cornelius Holtorf)


New book in open access - please cross-post and download for your own use:

The Archaeology of Time Travel. Experiencing the Past in the 21st Century. Edited by Bodil Petersson and Cornelius Holtorf.

viii+318 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black & white. Oxford: Archaeopress. ISBN 9781784915018. 

Available both in print and Open Access.

This volume explores the relevance of time travel as a characteristic contemporary way to approach the past. If reality is defined as the sum of human experiences and social practices, all reality is partly virtual, and all experienced and practiced time travel is real. In that sense, time travel experiences are not necessarily purely imaginary. Time travel experiences and associated social practices have become ubiquitous and popular, increasingly replacing more knowledge-orientated and critical approaches to the past. Papers discuss the implications and problems associated with the ubiquity and popularity of time travelling and whether time travel is inherently conservative because of its escapist tendencies, or whether it might instead be considered as a fulfilment of the contemporary Experience or Dream Society. Whatever position one may take, time travel is a legitimate and timely object of study and critique because it represents a particularly significant way to bring the past back to life in the present. 

Click here to purchase in paperback (£38.00).

Chapter 1: The Meaning of Time Travel (Cornelius Holtorf)

Part One: Emerging Possibilities in Virtual Time Travels
Chapter 2: Time Travel Using 3D Methodologies – Visualising the Medieval Context of a Baptismal Font (Nicoló Dell’Unto, Ing-Marie Nilsson† and Jes Wienberg)
Chapter 3: The Kivik Grave, Virtual Bodies in Ritual Procession – Towards New Artistic Interactive Experiences for Time Travellers (Magali Ljungar-Chapelon)
Commentary: Time Travel Paradoxes and Archaeology (Per Stenborg)
Commentary: Taking Us to the Past and the Past to Us (Isto Huvila)

Part Two: Time Travel as an Educational Method
Chapter 4: Use the Past, Create the Future – The Time Travel Method, a Tool for Learning, Social Cohesion and Community Building (Ebbe Westergren)
Chapter 5: To Make and to Experience Meaning – How Time Travels are Perceived amongst Participants (Niklas Ammert and Birgitta E. Gustafsson)
Commentary: Forming Bridges through Time Travel (Cecilia Trenter)

Part Three: Living the Distant Past
Chapter 6: Performing the Past – Time Travels in Archaeological Open-air Museums (Stefanie Samida) 
Chapter 7: Being There – Time Travel, Experience and Experiment in Re-enactment and ‘Living History’ Performances (Mads Daugbjerg)
Chapter 8: Face-to-Face with the Past – Pompeii to Lejre (Cornelius Holtorf)
Commentary: The Power of Time Travel (Roeland Paardekooper)
Commentary: Mediated and Embodied Pasts – A Comment (Carsten Tage Nielsen)

Part Four: Time Travel on Screen
Chapter 9: Waterworld - Travels in Time between Past and Future Worlds (Bodil Petersson)
Chapter 10: A Cup of Decaf Past - An Archaeology of Time Travel, Cinema and Consumption (Dawid Kobiałka)
Commentary: On Time Travelling and Cinema (Laia Colomer)
Commentary: A Cup of Decaf Past and Waterworld (Niklas Hillbom)

Part Five: Time Travel and Contemporary Society
Chapter 11: History as an Adventure – Time Travel in Late Modernity from the Perspective of a European Ethnologist (Michaela Fenske)
Chapter 12: Time Travel to the Present - Interview with Erika Andersson Cederholm (Cornelius Holtorf and Bodil Petersson)
Commentary: Time-Travelling Tourism - Reflections on the Past as a Place of Fascination as well as Refuge (Thomas Småberg)
Commentary: Time Travels as Alternative Futures (Britta Timm Knudsen)

Chapter 13: Anachronism and Time Travel (Bodil Petersson)

Entire book

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CfP: Change over Time


Gentrification and Heritage Conservation | Fall 2018

Guest Editors: Caroline Cheong and Kecia Fong

The term gentrification is used to describe both a process and outcome of physical, socioeconomic, and demographic neighborhood change. Its association with the displacement of low-income households by wealthier ones has overshadowed more nuanced understandings of the relationship between the historic built environment, conservation, and gentrification. This issue seeks to address this under-examined intersection. According to Rose (2001), neighborhoods with a high likelihood for gentrifying exhibit five key attributes: 1) a high percentage of renters; 2) easy access to the central business district; 3) location within a region of increasing metropolitan density; 4) high architectural value; and 5) relatively low housing values. In this schema, urban conservation is commonly considered to be a precursor to gentrification, particularly in distressed historic areas (Smith 1998; Glaser 2010).

Gentrification drivers span from market trends to government-sponsored initiatives. In a market-led context, undervalued historic neighborhoods contain desirable attributes for incoming households, not least of which is the sense of place and continuity inherent within the historic built environment. In public scenarios, governments explicitly target historic neighborhoods for regeneration. In nearly all cases, existing, usually low or middle income households, face potential displacement. While gentrification has received ample scholarly attention, its occurrence in historic areas – and its interaction with heritage – is less thoroughly documented. This issue interrogates the relationship, past and present, between gentrification and heritage conservation. It does so by exploring questions related to heritage conservation in changing neighborhoods such as: Are historic neighborhoods necessarily targets for gentrification? What are the challenges and opportunities facing these areas, or those that are presently or have already undergone such processes? What other, more inclusive scenarios exist wherein urban conservation serves as a vehicle for neighborhood preservation? How can historians, conservation professionals, planners, and others allow for the concomitant retention of heritage and regeneration values? What variables are required in negotiating this balance? Who are the primary stakeholders and what roles do they play in the process of neighborhood change?

We welcome contributions from US and international contexts on a range of topics: researching and documenting place-based gentrification in historic contexts; exploring rural, urban, and suburban gentrification and conservation dynamics; equity issues related to changing historic areas; and solutions for managing neighborhood change in historic areas. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, case studies, theoretical explorations, and evaluations of current practices or policy programs.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 1 July 2017. Authors will be notified of provisional paper acceptance by 10 July 2017. Final manuscript submissions will be due early November 2017.


Glaeser, Edward. (2010). Preservation Follies. City Journal, 20(2).

Rose, Kalima. (2001). Beyond Gentrification: Tools for Equitable Development. Shelterforce Online (May/June 2001).

Smith, Neil. (1986). Gentrification, the frontier, and the restructuring of urban space. In N. Smith & P. Williams (Eds.), Gentrification of the City (pp. 15-39). Boston: Allen & Unwin.

Change Over Time is a semiannual journal publishing original articles on the history, theory, and praxis of conservation and the built environment. Each issue is dedicated to a particular theme as a method to promote critical discourse on contemporary conservation issues from multiple perspectives both within the field and across disciplines. Themes are examined at all scales, from the global and regional to the microscopic and material.

tim winter
CfP: Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field: A Conference


German Historical Institute London and UCL Institute of Archaeology

26th and 27th January 2018

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, German Historical Institute London/Max Weber Stiftung and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Announcing confirmed keynote speakers Sudeshna Guha (Shiv Nadar University, India) and Daniel J. Sherman (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

Call for Papers closes 31st May 2017.

The development of heritage as a distinctive, international field of governance regulated through institutions like UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICCROM and the IUCN is closely linked to practices of decolonisation and fieldwork. Taking cultural heritage alone, anthropologists, archaeologists, architects and engineers worked across the decolonising world in countries like Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan making the development of this new form of governance a reality; so too did experts from area studies, government survey agencies and philanthropic organisations. This work helped to (re-)constitute the fields that these practitioners were connected to, creating new disciplinary assemblages, new forms of knowledge, and rearranging the relationship of fieldworkers to the places where they laboured. At the same time, this process was not simply a product of decolonisation; in fact, it had its origins in knowledge practices which were often closely connected to practices of colonial governance and the complex administrative relationship between colonies and metropoles. These older, colonial practices were simultaneously reconstituted and entangled within these newly emergent disciplinary assemblages and knowledge practices as decolonisation gathered pace.

Yet despite increased interest in the histories and practice of cultural and natural heritage, there is little understanding of how their interconnection with decolonisation and the field actually took place. How did these three things work together to make heritage governance a reality? How did decolonisation shape the form of that governance and the sorts of fieldwork that took place? How, vice versa, did these forms of fieldwork and governance shape decolonisation, and how also did colonial practices play a role? Moreover, how (if at all) do the answers to such questions vary across time and space? If we are to understand the relationship between heritage, decolonisation and the field—and, by extension, the development of heritage governance itself—providing answers to these questions is a necessity, as is considering the methodologies which we might use to make these answers effective.

This conference invites papers which address these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and which in particular use international, comparative, or global case studies to do so. We are interested in papers that take the field of ‘heritage’ as one which is intentionally broad and contingent, encompassing both ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ heritage and the diverse range of institutions by which it is governed (museums, herbaria, zoos, regional, national and international historic preservation agencies etc).

The organisers (William Carruthers, Andreas Gestrich and Indra Sengupta, German Historical Institute London; Rodney Harrison, AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow, UCL Institute of Archaeology) welcome abstracts of no more than 400 words, which should be submitted to by 31st May 2017. Financial support will be prioritised for those participants without their own travel funds and early career researchers.

About the keynote speakers:

Sudeshna Guha is Associate Professor of History at Shiv Nadar University (India). She has curated photographic and archaeological collections at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (1997-2005), University of Cambridge, and also taught South Asian history there (2005-2008). She is currently developing research on archaeological heritage in South Asia focusing on ethics, and writing a book on ‘Objects and Histories’ (Hachette, New Delhi). Her other books are The Marshall Albums: Photography and Archaeology (edited volume; Mapin, 2010), and Artefacts of History: Archaeology, Historiography and Indian Pasts (SAGE, 2015).

Daniel J. Sherman is Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Art History and History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  His books include The Construction of Memory in Interwar France (1999), French Primitivism and the Ends of Empire, 1945-1975 (2011), and, as editor, Museum Culture (1994) and Museums and Difference (2008).  He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled “Sensations:  French Archaeology between Science and Media, 1890-1930.”

More information can be found online at:

tim winter
20% Discount for ACHS members on new book 'Heritage, Culture and Rights'


Heritage, Culture and Rights

Challenging Legal Discourses

Edited by Andrea Durbach and Lucas Lixinski

Cultural heritage law and its response to human rights principles and practice has gained renewed prominence on the international agenda. The recent conflicts in Syria and Mali, China’s use of shipwreck sites and underwater cultural heritage to make territorial claims, and the cultural identities of nations post-conflict highlight this field as an emerging global focus. In addition, it has become a forum for the configuration and contestation of cultural heritage, rights and the broader politics of international law.

The manifestation of tensions between heritage and human rights are explored in this volume, in particular in relation to heritage and rights in collaboration andin conflict, and heritage as a tool for rights advocacy. This volume also explores these issues from a distinctively legal standpoint, considering the extent to which the legal tools of international human rights law facilitate or hinder heritage protection. Covering a range of issues across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia, this volume will be of interest to people working in human rights, heritage studies, cultural heritage management and identity politics around the world.

Andrea Durbach is Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University ofNew South Wales and Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre.

Lucas Lixinski is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University ofNew South Wales and a Project Director at the Australian Human RightsCentre.

May 2017   |   9781849468084   |   312pp|   Hardback   |   RSP: £75  

Discount Price: £60

Click here to order online – use the discount code CV7 at the checkout to get 20% off your order!

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