What is Critical Heritage Studies and how does it incorporate the discipline of history?

At the recent meeting of the US chapter of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, a frequent question, especially from graduate students, was “what is critical heritage studies”? There was a wide range of responses to this question, often from disciplinary perspectives, which should not be surprising given 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...

“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...

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...

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...

The Heritage After Trump Award ($1,000 if your idea wins — Jan 10 deadline)

Thomas King, a well-known author and critic of the cultural resource management system in the United States, has created a contest in which the best idea to replace the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) will win $1,000.  I (along with other historic...