Conference: Connecting (to) Heritage Studies in the U.S.

I am on the organizing committee for this conference and have copied relevant details from the web site, below. There is no charge for attendance/participation. Connecting (to) Heritage Studies in the U.S. Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, 15-18 June, 2017 Keynote speaker: Professor Laurajane Smith, Head, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Director, Centre for Heritage […]

Comment on NR Bulletin update

The National Park Service has requested public comments on a proposed update to the “National Register Bulletin: How to Prepare National Historic Landmark Nominations.” (Deadline of May 1, 2017.) I am sharing the comment that I left, which focuses on the need to update the bulletin to move beyond narrow 1950s era thinking about the […]

New publication: “Are We ‘Ensnared in the System of Heritage’ Because We Don’t Want to Escape?”

Jeremy C. Wells. (2017). Are We ‘Ensnared in the System of Heritage’ Because We Don’t Want to Escape? Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress. DOI 10.1007/s11759-017-9316-8 ABSTRACT This paper explores why heritage practitioners continue to embrace the objective security of positivism, building on Sharon Veale’s (cited in Sullivan 2015:114) observation that we are ‘”ensnared […]

“How Are Old Places Different from New Places? A Psychological Investigation of the Correlation between Patina, Spontaneous Fantasies, and Place Attachment”

The International Journal of Heritage Studies just published my article on “How Are Old Places Different from New Places? A Psychological Investigation of the Correlation between Patina, Spontaneous Fantasies, and Place Attachment.” This is an example of the kind of research that I’m hoping more environmental psychologists will have an interest in exploring. We need […]

Leadership in “people-centered preservation” — who seems to get it and who does not

Those of you who read my blog know that I have a strong interest in balancing the practice of the conservation of the built environment and cultural landscapes between what we objectively know (e.g., historic facts; things we can photograph, measure) and meanings (e.g., intangible heritage). All of this relates to making heritage conservation more […]

Call for abstracts: International Conference on Heritage Management Education and Practice

I came across this conference announcement and have posted the text, below, unedited from the conference organizers. International Conference on Heritage Management Education and Practice: Exploring Connections across Disciplines and Stakeholders 29 – 31 July 2017 The discourses and practices on ‘heritage’ are significantly broadened in recent decades, leading towards the holistic understanding of heritage […]

Skills, knowledge, and degrees/majors wanted by historic preservation employers

Developing curricula for historic preservation degree programs (bachelor’s and master’s) can be a frustrating experience because we lack useful data on the job market (e.g., what employers want from graduates) and curriculum standards. In addition, the field has no certifying or accrediting body, so there is no regular discussion on curricular matters in the field. […]