Gothenburg Conference 5th - 8th June, 2012

The first conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), which was held at the University of Gothenburg from June 5th 8th, 2012. ACHS was established in 2011 by a group of scholars from the UK and Australia with the purpose of developing a “global network of researchers and scholars working in heritage and museum studies” in order to promote “heritage as an area of critical enquiry” (ACHS, 2011). The conference served as the official "kick-off" for ACHS and included over 400 participants from Europe and beyond. During the course of four days, eighty- four sessions with some in two to three parts convened under topics ranging from World Heritage (of the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization, UNESCO), "dark heritage/tourism‟, postcolonial heritage negotiations, and intangible cultural heritage to sessions on nation-specific heritage issues, such as within China and New Zealand. From urban to rural settings, and from international to local issues, papers examined the power relations involved in constructing and representing heritage, cultural rights and ownership, and negotiating identities within the heritage enterprise.

To read Michelle Stefano's Report on the 2012 ACHS Conference, please download here.

To view the 2012 Conference Program, please download here.

To view the online 2012 paper abstracts and session summaries, please follow this link.