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The Cultural Heritage Group

§ The materialisation of cultural heritage: – archives, collections, sites, landscapes and personal/ family identities. We take up in particular the relation between heritage and memory – both personal and collective – to hinge on the technologies available both at micro /personal and macro-social levels to fix and identify memory work in material and immaterial forms. How these technologies administer a sense of heritage - ranging from new digital technologies in museums/gallery displays and collecting spaces to personal and interpersonal memory-worlds

§ Heritage in conflict and post-conflict societies: – the role of heritage technologies in restoring cultural identities after conflict. This can range from the re-establishment of everyday routines and modes of survival to restoring cultural archives, collections and landscapes on which collective identities need to be re established.

§ Heritage and Performance: - how heritage cultures articulate, constitute and reproduce themselves through the framing, staging and enacting of cultural performances. These can range from drama, dance and music to exhibition openings, curatorial events and festivals. The focus is on intangible heritage and on the cultural production of heritages through the lenses of cultural performance thereby showing how the often monolithic, non-particularising concepts of collective institutional identities fracture and transform.

§ Heritage Dignity: - the focus is upon the relationship of heritage to the question of ‘what it is to be human?’ Here we explore the strategic humanisation of heritage value and the dynamics of heritage as wellbeing, as care/ cure/ curation/ preservation and as bound up in aspirations to sustain a transformed future for self/ self-group. The nature of parallel and alternative heritages and the re-conceptualisation of core heritage ideologies, such as ‘authenticity’ and ‘conservation’ are key features of such research and are part of a larger ethical-philosophical vision of ‘restoring heritage to dignity’.

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