P46
Critical heritage studies and the circuits of power: inclusion and exclusion in the making of heritage

Convenors:
Aet Annist (University of Tartu)
Riina Raudne (Health Estonia Foundation)
Discussant:
Prof Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu), Dr Franz Krause (Tallinn University)
Location:
Jakobi 2, 306
Start time:
3 July, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

To follow the quest for critical heritage studies to include marginalised strains and participants in cultural heritage, we scrutinise circularity of power in heritage processes by studying how various actors gain and lose access to defining, benefiting from and/or channeling heritage.

Long abstract:

Our panel follows the quest for critical heritage studies to open up the traditional approach to heritage by including the marginalised strains and participants or bystanders in cultural heritage processes to offer a fuller understanding of the phenomenon.Therefore this panel seeks to contribute to the discussions about processes of power in the making of heritage. In line with the general conference theme, we would like to particularly scrutinise the role of circulation of power in heritage. From daily realities to the marketable brand that then transforms the daily lives through consumption, heritage is the powerful undercurrent of the changing forms of many mundane phenomena in modern lives.It can move people, regions and landscapes from positions of marginality to centrality.Yet, it continues generating new forms of marginality, reinforcing and contributing to class relations.Heritage lends power to the objects of heritage, which may reconfigure existing heritage institutions. We welcome empirically grounded contributions addressing the circulation of power, focusing on all participants in heritage processes.From bystanders to experts, artefacts and landscapes to performers and re-enactors, this panel seeks to scrutinise how various actors gain and lose access to defining, benefiting from and/or channeling heritage. What strategic interests do actors pursue in heritage management? How are some groups and interests consolidated, and others marginalised in the process? What role do the physical properties of heritage objects (landscapes, buildings, artifacts) play in defining heritage? How is heritage used in marketing, consumption, political processes to shape and reshape groups' self-visions?