A one-day conference organised by the AHRC Heritage Priority Area team in association with the UK Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Thursday 5th October 2017 10am-5pm

The British Academy, London

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area team, in association with the UK Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, invite paper proposals for a forthcoming one-day conference on Heritage Studies: Critical Approaches and New Directions, which will take place at the British Academy in London on Thursday 5 October 2017.

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area - led by Professor Rodney Harrison, UCL - is marking its launch with this conference, as well as a public lecture the evening before, to gain an overview of the current state of the field of heritage studies and to explore new and emerging areas of research amongst UK-based researchers.  The public lecture will be delivered by Dr Karen Salt, Co-Director of the Centre For Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham. 

Further details and tickets for the Launch/Public Lecture can be found on the Eventbrite page

We will also host an evening panel discussion on the role of heritage research in policy and practice directly after the Conference.

Papers should showcase current research projects or explore emerging and future research directions in critical heritage studies, broadly understood as an interdisciplinary field of research which critically explores heritage in all of its different forms, as well as the social, political and material ‘work’ which it does in the world. We hope to attract a wide range of views and perspectives from a number of different disciplines, and thus welcome postgraduate and early career researchers, academics, practitioners, and other interested parties who are currently based in, or interested in, the UK.

An indicative list of possible themes and areas of focus are given below, but we would welcome papers which engage critically with any aspect of natural or cultural heritage or collections.

  • The relationship between ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ heritage

  • How heritage is defined, mobilised and deployed in different contexts

  • Heritage and climate change

  • Heritage, Brexit and post-truth politics

  • Contested and emerging forms of heritage

  • Changing economies and ecologies of heritage

  • Heritage and power

  • Heritage and posthumanities

  • Heritage and big data

  • Heritage, museums and migration

  • Heritage and wellbeing

  • Heritage and identity

  • Critical engagements with the role of heritage in international development

  • Current and emerging theories and concepts in heritage and museum studies

  • New disciplinary engagements with heritage

  • Histories of heritage

  • Heritage, recycling and circular economies

  • The future of heritage and museums

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 11 August 2017

Acceptance Notification: Friday 18 August 2017

Registration Deadline: Friday 15 September 2017

Conference: Thursday 5 Oct 2017

Proposals for Papers should include a paper title and up to 250 word abstract.  We also ask that you indicate the following in your proposal:

  • Your name, affiliation, and area of research
  • In one sentence, what has been a fundamental obstacle/challenge in carrying out your work/research in the heritage field?
  • Would you prefer to give a 5-minute “lightning talk” or standard 15-minute paper?

Papers will be organised into plenary or parallel thematic sessions consisting of standard papers or shorter “lightning talks”. Where possible we will try to allocate your paper to the format of choice, but in some cases we may need to come back to you to discuss where your paper might best fit with the programming of the event.

Please send any queries and proposals to Hana Morel ( by Friday 11 August 2017 noon.

Please note:

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area team are also planning:

  • A Postgraduate Researcher and Early Career Heritage Researcher Workshop on Wednesday 4th October
  • The AHRC Heritage Priority Area Launch/Public Lecture on the evening of Wednesday 4th October and
  • A Workshop on Heritage and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) on Friday 6th October

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