I ran across this session proposal as part of the Society for Applied Anthropology’s 76th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada , March 29–April 2, 2016.
Normally, I’m only inclined to post calls here that intersect with practice, heritage studies, and the social sciences. This call seemed to lack an applied orientation until I read that one of the goals is “mobilizing this [session’s] critique into action.” Definitely worth taking a look.
In Understanding the Politics of Heritage, Rodney Harrison (2010) challenges readers to “question the unwritten suggestion … that heritage is necessarily ‘good.’” For Harrison, critical understanding means uncovering “ways in which heritage embodies relationships of power and subjugation, inclusion and exclusion, remembering and forgetting.” It is this call for critical inquiry that we take up in this session.
We critically explore the intersection of heritage and tourism by discussing them in their larger social, political, and ecological contexts. Working under the umbrella of Critical Heritage Studies, participants are unified in their approach to heritage as a contemporary ideological process. It is understood that disentangling and problematizing heritage and tourism requires the “ruthless criticism of everything existing”; mobilizing this critique into action requires even more.”