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,…

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Comment to the ACHP on “Notice of Proposed Policy Statement on Historic Preservation and Community Revitalization”

In April of 2016, I sent a reply to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation commenting on their draft Policy Statement on Historic Preservation and Community Revitalization. I thought it…

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Do you teach in an historic preservation/heritage conservation program? How do you know you’re doing it well?

If you teach in an historic preservation or built heritage conservation program in a college or university, you may be aware that there are very few publications that directly address…

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Special EDRA47 intensive on using social science evidence to change built heritage conservation practice

Environmental Design Research Association Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, May 18, 2016 As part of my activities with the Environmental Design Research Association's (EDRA's) Historic Environment Knowledge Network, I have been…

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Are we “ensnared in the system of heritage” because we don’t want to escape?

Recently, I was reading through the papers from the 2013 Australia ICOMOS Conference in the journal, Historic Environment (vol. 27, no. 2, 2015). A couple of papers really struck my…

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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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