Recognizing research excellence in practice-based environmental design: Applications for EDRA CORE open Dec. 1

The Environmental Design Research Association’s (EDRA’s) Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) program offers professional certification for exceptional, rigorous, and impactful practice-based environmental design research studies.If you have conducted rigorous environmental design research that has value to the design or conservation industries and/or project stakeholders, submit your study for CORE certification. Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017...

Call for abstracts: IASTE 2018: The Politics of Tradition (November 6, 2017 deadline)

I received the text, below, from one of the conference organizers. IASTE 2018: The Politics of Tradition THE SIXTEENTH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF TRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENTS (IASTE) October 4 – 7,  2018, Coimbra, Portugal “The Politics of Tradition” is the theme of the sixteenth conference of...

EDRA49 Call for Proposals — preservation/conservation and social equity (Dec 1, 2017 deadline)

I am the Chair of the non-profit organization that is hosting this conference and highly encourage submissions that address moving “conservation equity” beyond natural environments into cultural ones. EDRA conferences have always included historic preservation/built heritage/cultural landscape content that focuses on the relationship between people and place and offer...

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...