CFP: Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology, Special Issue
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Circulating Heritage: Mediation and
Re-cycling of the Cultural Items, Devices and Values, Volume 11, Issue 2 (December 2014)
The topic of this special issue is based on
a re-assessment of heritage making in contemporary contexts, when new
patrimonial configurations take shape in identity settings. It is already
acknowledged that collective memory – especially national memory – is
constructed, politicised and present-oriented. However, one can observe flows
and circulations of heritage items, devices and values, between international
and national institutions. In addition, local initiatives of heritage making,
such as those led by minorities, diaspora-type communities across the world or initiatives
developed in different local community contexts, gain more visibility in the
public sphere. Consensual in institutional practices and rather hegemonic,
"historical consciousness” is de(re)constructed when new representations on
heritage are brought into play. Such cross-social and cross-cultural movements
involve the analysis of the plural, negotiated, conflicting and moving aspects
of heritage making in different contexts of its production.
Taking into account the dynamic and moving
dimension of cultural heritage means focusing on the social use-value
circulation of collective memories within the cultural sphere, and on the
specific criteria and values shared, appropriated, negotiated or contested by
"cultural actors”, according to which a good or a technique might or might not
enter "cultural schemes”. The memory-identity-heritage-territory interplay also
needs to be linked to the social diversity of the "heritage communities”, from
academic and nation-state institutions to private, ordinary and non-academic
structures taking care of the representations of the past. Such exchanges,
challenges, tensions or cooperation between official and non-official heritage
making spheres may provide us a new comparative look on contemporary identity settings.
Very useful insights can be gleaned from the
inventory of symbols and devices retained, selected and manipulated by the
nation-state to set its compelling identity, the individuals’, minorities’,
diasporas’ or local communities’ heritage making as a self-knowledge process
granting meaning of their identity as well.
We expect papers on the circulation between
the institutionalised and the non-institutionalised constructions, uses,
mediations, and transmissions of collective memories. In addition, we are
interested in papers investigating how not only goods, but also "know-how” of
the heritage techniques circulate and are negotiated on the local stages –
either state-established or dissident contexts. In line with the general theme
launched, we would like to particularly scrutinise the role of circulation of
power in heritage making and to explore the patrimonial value according to
different actors involved in these mechanisms.
The following sub-themes may be used as
guide for submitted papers: Circulation of heritage items, representations and
discourses at work in identity settings, from the State and international
organizations to civil society, social elites and individual actors; Inventory
of the discourses on "patrimonial value” of (non-)state or international
cultural actors; Remaking, reinterpretations and new shapes of "historical
affordances” in non-official heritage mechanisms, with a particular focus on
the individuals whose heritage mechanisms may be located at the interface between
power, collective and personal memory; Appropriations of cultural items, such
as objects, sites, performances and practices within intercultural contexts; Diversity
of heritage devices at play (museums, parks, monuments, festivals, archives,
cultural tourism structures, UNESCO applications); Comparative case studies on
private, community, minority, diasporic, regional, national or international
initiatives to assess patrimonial value to specific goods; Implications of the
"politics of mobility” for cultural heritage items and actors.
We welcome empirically grounded
contributions, from diverse disciplinary fields, inter-disciplinary approaches
that provide insights into the issue of mobility, mediation, circulation and
re-cycling at work in cultural heritage agencies, focusing on all participants
in heritage processes.
Additional information: Accepted papers must
be in English.
Please see the journal’s Submission Guidelines <http://www.pdcnet.org/cultura/Submission-Guidelines>
for complete information about formatting requirements and submission
Manuscript submissions should conform to the
guidelines found in the MLA (Modern Language Association) Style Manual.
Submission Deadline: July 31, 2014
Sonia CATRINA, Ph.D.
School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Cyril ISNART, Ph.D.
University CIDEHUS of Evora, Portugal
also available at http://www.pdcnet.org/cultura/Calls-for-Submissions