How US law is the cause of social justice issues in historic preservation practice

Social justice issues come in many forms, including the disproportionate impact that the Covid-19 virus and police brutality have had on African American populations. The law can be both a friend, and often a foe, for achieving justice. In the case of police brutality, qualified immunity gives police immense...

Local preservation ordinances: A one size fits all approach to social injustice

In a recent study, Avrami et al. (2018), found 86% of the local historic preservation ordinances sampled across the United States are nearly 100% derivative of the standards for significance and historical integrity found in the federal National Register (NR) of Historic Places guidelines. In my own work, I’ve...

Social justice and using heritage values to prioritize climate change decisions

Erin Seekamp (NC State University), Sandra Fatorić (Delft University of Technology), and Allie McCreary (Western Kentucky University) just published “Historic Preservation Priorities for Climate Adaptation” in Ocean and Coastal Management that’s worth a close read. This is one of the only research papers that surveys “experts” and “community groups” to ascertain how their...

Call for Papers: The Haunted South

I received the text, below, from one of the conference session organizers. Delta Symposium XXVI: The Haunted South Call for Papers Location: Jonesboro, AR (USA)Website:AState.edu/delta-symAbstract deadline: December 19, 2019 The Department of English, Philosophy, and World Languages at Arkansas State University opens a call for papers and presentations for the twenty-sixth...

Creating Safe Places for Historic Preservation Practitioners to Think and Innovate

For many years, scholars have been criticizing the practice of historic preservation/built heritage conservation because of its over-reliance on art/historical facts and its reluctance to accommodate a more people-centered approach. To wit, Labrador and Silberman (2018, 5) advocate a new system in which a focus on “how authenticity is...

Call for abstracts: The Psychology of Heritage Places

Second call for abstracts — special Collabra: Psychology research nexus 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,...

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...