The last decades have seen an growth of the second hand sector in shops and on the Internet. Things circulating on this market are re-configured through revaluation into marketable goods with 'heritage value'. This phenomenon, the re:heritage market, will be explored in this session.
The last decades have seen an growth of the second hand sector in the form of retro shops, flea markets and antiquities boutiques, and of internet barter and trade. Things circulating on this market are re-configured through creative re-use, re-design, re-packaging and (re)qualification-valuation into marketable goods with 'heritage value', while simultaneously mobilizing agents, institutions and sites into entire complexes of circulation. This sociospatial phenomenon we call the re:heritage market. As a social space straddling public and private spheres, and involving a multiplicity of actors, the session seeks to investigate how the re:heritage market involves transformations of tradition, 'pastness' and history and articulate new arenas for their use and consumption. For example, different re-using and re-design processes often involve a DIY perspective and remaking practices. But also processes of (re-)valuation of objects and different forms of expertise and knowledge become important for understanding how value, quality, taste and price are constructed. Circulation thus operates as a generative force that involves things of different kinds, of a variety of age or original functions, and of varying spatial scales, ranging from tiny objects to entire buildings and areas. In the different revaluation processes concepts like retro, vintage, shabby chic, antique or semi antique are frequently used. In this panel we want to explore how circuits of exchange, trade and consumption on the re:heritage market are shaping an infrastructure of a heritage not yet fully conceptualized or studied. We welcome conceptual and theoretical papers and empirical work within this wider field of heritage studies.