How to “fix” historic preservation

Recently, Patrice Frey, President of the National Main Street Center, wrote a post on Citylab about “Why Historic Preservation Needs a New Approach.” While I very much agree with most of her points, there are many issues (and potential solutions) that she misses. First of all, I wholeheartedly agree with her claim that the field […]

Call for papers: Engaging with diversity

The Interpret Europe Conference is currently seeking paper abstracts for an “engaging with diversity” and cultural heritage theme. 1 March 2019 abstract submission deadline 31 May – 3 June 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina At the IE conference, ‘Engaging with diversity’, we will explore the significance of EU’s ambitious motto ‘United in diversity’ in […]

Call for abstracts: The Psychology of Senescent Environments: Environmental Psychology and the Historic Environment

Special Collabra: Psychology research nexus DUE Feb. 15, 2019 Co-editors: Jeremy C. Wells, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park; (jcwells@umd.edu). Daniel J. Levi, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology and Child Development, Cal Poly; (dlevi@calpoly.edu). Erica Molinario, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park; (molie@umd.edu).   […]

Call for abstracts: “De-colonisation at EAA 25 years on” conference session

I received the text, below, from one of the conference session organizers. “De-colonisation at EAA 25 years on” conference session Sponsored by European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Location: Bern, Switzerland Website:  https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2019 CFP Deadline: Thursday, February 14, 2019 The organisers would like invite paper submissions for our session on “De-colonisation at EAA 25 years on: […]

Human-Centered Built Environment Heritage Preservation

It is with great excitement that I share the publication of my new book, co-edited with Barry Stiefel, Human-Centered Built Environment Heritage Preservation: Theory and Evidence-Based Practice, which was officially released by Routledge last week. (Google Books link here.) The official description is as follows: Human-Centered Built Environment Heritage Preservation addresses the question of how […]

Disasters, resiliency, and built heritage

I would like to share the work of one of my students, Jamesha Gibson, who recently graduated with a Masters in Historic Preservation and a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland. She just published “From Engagement to Empowerment: How Heritage Professionals Can Incorporate Participatory Methods in Disaster Recovery to Better Serve Socially Vulnerable […]

Call for papers: “Engaging the Public in Heritage Practice”

I received the text, below, from one of the conference session organizers. Call for Papers – Organized Session Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Annual Meeting March 19-23, 2019 Portland, OR “Engaging the Public in Heritage Practice” How do anthropologists work in a variety of settings – public, private, non-profit, and academic – to ensure that […]

Call for papers, videos, and e-exhibitions on participatory methodologies and intangible cultural heritage

I received the text, below, from one of the conference organizers. MEMORIAMEDIA review CALL FOR PAPERS, VIDEOS and e-EXHIBITIONS Deadline 30th September 2018 Theme PARTICIPATORY METHODOLOGIES and INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE MEMORIAMEDIA project (MI/IELT) has a peer reviewed e-journal dedicated to promote, communicate and document projects, studies and archives of INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE (ICH). For this issue, authors are invited to submit unpublished papers, videos or […]

A successful example of a grassroots, justice-oriented built heritage conservation project

A recent preservation effort in England is well worth the time to understand because it relates so strongly to the future of the field. But, it’s who led these efforts that’s remarkable: it wasn’t preservationists/conservationists, but rather skateboarders. And we could learn a lot from their lesson. You’ll understand what I mean once you watch […]