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Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations

Edited by Cornelius Holtorf, Andreas Pantazatos, Geoffrey Scarre


288 pages

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Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations breaks new ground in our understanding of the challenges faced by heritage practitioners and researchers in the contemporary world of mass migration, where people encounter new cultural heritage and relocate their own. It focuses particularly on issues affecting archaeological heritage sites and artefacts, which help determine and maintain social identity, a role problematised when populations are in flux. This diverse and authoritative collection brings together international specialists to discuss socio-political and ethical implications for the management of archaeological heritage in global society.

With contributions by authors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including archaeologists, philosophers, cultural historians and custodians of cultural heritage, the volume explores a rich mix of contrasting, yet complementary, viewpoints and approaches. Among the topics discussed are the relations between culture and identity; the potentialities of museums and monuments to support or subvert a people’s sense of who they are; and how cultural heritage has been used to bring together communities containing people of different origins and traditions, yet without erasing or blurring their distinctive cultural features.

Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations is a crucial text for archaeologists, curators, policymakers and others working in the heritage field, as well as for philosophers, political scientists and other readers interested in the links between immigration and cultural heritage.

Table of Contents


List of Figures


  1. Introduction
  2. Geoffrey Scarre, Cornelius Holtorf and Andreas Pantazatos


  3. Cultural heritage, minorities and self-respect.
  4. Jonathan Seglow

  5. Ancient places, new arrivals and the ethics of residence.
  6. Paul Gilbert

  7. Foreign and native soils: migrants and the uses of landscape.
  8. Robert Seddon

  9. Changing demographics in Northern Europe: transforming narratives and identifying obstacles. A case study from Oslo, Norway.
  10. Christopher Prescott

  11. Lasting value? Engaging with the material traces of America’s undocumented migration ‘problem’.
  12. Jason De Léon and Cameron Gokee



  13. Concord’s migrations.
  14. Ivan Gaskell

  15. Affiliative reterritorialization: the Manco Capac statue and the Japanese community in Peru.
  16. Helaine Silverman

  17. Heritage, Participant Perspective Epistemic Injustice, Immigrants and Identity Formation.
  18. Andreas Pantazatos


  19. What is cross-cultural heritage? Challenges in identifying the heritage of globalized citizens.
  20. Laia Colomer and Cornelius Holtorf

  21. The uses of heroes: justice, Alexander, and the Macedonian naming dispute.
  22. Michael Blake

  23. Archaeological heritage and migration: well-being, place, citizenship and the social.
  24. Marga Diaz-Andreu

  25. ‘Everyone’s different but we are all the same’: a transcultural project in a multicultural class.
  26. Cynthia Dunning

  27. The ‘place’ of the migrant: heritage in the transnational space of a Sydney park.
  28. Denis Byrne

  29. Sharing history: migration, integration and a post-heritage future.

Johan Hegardt




About the Editors

Cornelius Holtorf is Professor of Archaeology and holds a UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden. He also directs the Graduate School in Contract Archaeology (GRASCA). In his research he is particularly interested in the significance of archaeology and heritage in present and future societies.

Andreas Pantazatos is Parliamentary Academic Fellow, Fellow of the University College and Co-Director of the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage at Durham University. He is also Research Associate at the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Illinois, USA. He teaches and researches normative and professional ethics and ethics of cultural heritage at the Philosophy Department of Durham University. His interests are philosophy of cultural heritage and archaeology, ethics of stewardship and trusteeship, and epistemic injustice and museums, ethics of identity and politics of the past and ethics of heritage and immigration.

Geoffrey Scarre is a Professor in the Philosophy Department and has been a staff member at Durham University since 1989. In recent years he has taught and published mainly in moral theory and applied ethics. His books include Utilitarianism (1996), After Evil (2004), Death (2007) and On Courage (2010), and he has co-edited two previous collections of papers on ethics in archaeology: The Ethics of Archaeology (2006) and Appropriating the Past (2013). In 2009 he was a co-founder, and he remains a director, of the Durham University Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage (CECH).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology