Accepted paper:

Negotiating conflicts, mediating solutions in a national park

Authors:

Jurij Fikfak (ZRC SAZU)

Paper short abstract:

The paper analyzes the strategies of negotiating the conflicts as well as intensive collaboration between different stakeholders that arise in the daily practices of heritage production, representation, and commercialization in Triglav national park.

Paper long abstract:

The paper analyzes different strategies of negotiating the conflicts that arise in the daily practices of heritage production, representation, preservation, commercialization and promotion in Triglav national park. However, heritage practices do not necessarily result in conflict: instead, one can also witness moments of creative collaboration, alliance, synergy and revitalization. Our goal is to identify and analyze existing strategies of negotiation and conflict resolution that have been developed in order to deal with the conflicts in the politics of heritage management at the level of practice. We examine these strategies and the social actors who implement them through an analysis of the interaction between the major actors - stakeholders of the park linked to heritage protection in chosen cases of conflict, and the forms of communication they employ. In researching this issue we focus on the specific role of the Triglav national park Public Institution in negotiating conflicts of interest among heritage stakeholders in the park. We place our analytical emphasis on the activities, duties and organization of the TNP Public Institution as the central actor in the politics of heritage protection as well as special agencies, providing mediation between different stakeholders.

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Exploring the complexity of heritage practices through cooperation