Why don’t we care about the public’s understanding of authenticity?

The argument that historic preservation (or, if you’re outside of the United States, architectural conservation or built heritage conservation) is or is not a unique discipline still comes up on…

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Is there a job market for built heritage conservation specialists with a social science background?

One of the common perceptions of the social sciences—e.g., perspectives from anthropology, sociology, and psychology—is that that they are too academic, too erudite, and not sufficiently applied to have direct…

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6th annual conference of the Research Group in Cultural Humanistic Geography in Diamantina, Brazil

This past week I gave the keynote address at the 6th annual conference of the Research Group in Cultural Humanistic Geography (“Grupo de Pesquisa Geografia Humanista Cultural” or GHUM) in…

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“Legitimating Tradition” conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE)

I received the text, below, from one of the conference organizers. Fifteenth biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) December 17-20, 2016 Kuwait City,…

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