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Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference: What Does Heritage Change?
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6/6/2016 to 6/10/2016
When: 6/6/2016
Where: Montreal
Presenter: University of Quebec

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Heritage is a powerful witness to mindsets and zeitgeist; it is commonly understood that it gives way to a better understanding of societies and even brings together communities. But how would this happen? Can heritage affect reality? What does it change?

The Canada Research Chair in Urban Heritage of UQAM’s School of Management, in collaboration with Concordia University and the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, will host the Association of Critical Heritage Studies’ Biennial Conference under the theme "What does heritage change?” More than 75 sessions, round tables, and research-creation installations, submitted by organizers from forty different countries, have been peer-reviewed and accepted by the scientific committee.

The Association of Critical Heritage Studies is the largest group of scientists, professionals and speakers on heritage studies worldwide. The association dedicates itself to the examination of the issues and the social, territorial, economical or cultural impacts of tangible and intangible heritage. It aims at contributing to the renewal of knowledge and to the improvement of patrimonial practices in communitarian, academic, territorial and political circles, by cross-examining perspectives and questionings and by opening up national and disciplinary perspectives.

The third ACHS Conference considers the manifestations, discourses, epistemologies, policies, and stakes of heritage—as a phenomenon, a symptom, an effect or a catalyst; as a tool of empowerment or leverage; as a physical or intangible restraint or kick-off; in communities, societies, or any material or mental environment.

In order to enrich scientific discussions, to promote the discovery of Montreal’s urban and cultural environment and its particular challenges in the field of heritage, and to support new partnership in research and training, the four days of the conference include numerous activities of inquiry and dialog in various areas linked to critical heritage studies, such as architecture, urban planning, gastronomy, music, cinema, etc. Well-known guest speakers will also be heard, including James Count Early (Director, Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage), Xavier Greffe (University Professor in Economic Sciences, Paris 1 University Panthéon Sorbonne), and Michael Herzfeld (Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University). Pre-conference and post-conference tours will also be announced soon.

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