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...

The Rupture in Cultural Heritage Meanings: Where Are We Going? (Where Do We Want to Go?)

Recently, I was reading a post on LinkedIn where a World Heritage expert was attempting to define cultural heritage for the twenty-first century. Many people have tried to do this, especially in terms of World Heritage and state definitions of cultural heritage for use in the protection and inscription...

Call for proposals: Voices of Place: Empower, Engage, Energize (EDRA 48 conference)

Voices of Place: Empower, Engage, Energize Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 48th Annual Conference Call for Proposals EDRA’s mission is to advance and disseminate behavior, design, and conservation research toward improving understanding of the relationships between people and their environments. In its four decades of existence, its annual conference...