Di 11 Apr 2017

Negotiating Cultural Heritage: Making, Sustaining, Breaking, Sharing – A Conversation / 24.04.2017 in Berlin

Drawing on the discussions of the conference “Making, Sustaining, Breaking: The Politics of Heritage and Culture” that took place in October 2016 in Heidelberg, we wanted to debate the following questions”: What does cultural heritage mean in different national and regional contexts? Who can claim it as theirs, and who decides what constitutes cultural heritage, decides how it is preserved, displayed, or restored? Should museums and other cultural institutions act as preservationists, explorers, or mediators of this heritage? How do archeological institutions that excavate and research figure in this scenario?

Can their work and the practices of museums relating to cultural heritage be “decolonized”? Which other forms of cultural heritage could be included in museal representations and archaeological practices?  In the 21st century, could digitalization allow us to sustain cultural goods, make them more accessible and guarantee their long-term preservation? How to share cultural heritage?

Based on examples, insights and experiences from different contexts we wanted to continue the conversation on cultural heritage between preservation and destruction, between ideologization and reconstruction from different institutional, disciplinary and regional perspectives.

The conversation was arranged by a cooperation of the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut,  the Forum Transregionale Studien, the Max Weber Stiftung and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.

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