1st Edition

Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    List of Figures

    Notes on contributors

    1. Introduction

    Geoffrey Scarre, Cornelius Holtorf and Andreas Pantazatos


    2. Cultural heritage, minorities and self-respect

    Jonathan Seglow

    3. Ancient places, new arrivals and the ethics of residence

    Paul Gilbert

    4. Foreign and native soils: migrants and the uses of landscape

    Robert Seddon

    5. Changing demographics in Northern Europe: transforming narratives and identifying obstacles – a case study from Oslo, Norway

    Christopher Prescott

    6. Lasting value? Engaging with the material traces of America’s undocumented migration "problem"

    Jason De Léon and Cameron Gokee  


    7. Concord migrations

    Ivan Gaskell

    8. Affiliative reterritorialization: the Manco Capac statue and the Japanese community in Peru

    Helaine Silverman

    9. Heritage, participant perspective epistemic injustice, immigrants and identity formation

    Andreas Pantazatos


    10. What is cross-cultural heritage? Challenges in identifying the heritage of globalized citizens

    Laia Colomer and Cornelius Holtorf

    11. The uses of heroes: justice, Alexander, and the Macedonian naming dispute

    Michael Blake

    12. Archaeological heritage and migration: well-being, place, citizenship and the social

    Marga Diaz-Andreu

    13. ‘Everyone’s different but we are all the same’: a transcultural project in a multicultural class

    Cynthia Dunning

    14. The place of the migrant: heritage in the transnational space of a Sydney park

    Denis Byrne

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

    Johan Hegardt



    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 Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department, Parliamentary Academic Fellow, University College Fellow 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. His interests are philosophy of cultural heritage and archaeology, ethics of stewardship and trusteeship, epistemic injustice and museums, ethics of identity and politics of the past (including post-war heritage reconstruction) and ethics of heritage and immigration.

    Geoffrey Scarre is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Durham University. 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. In 2009 he was a co-founder of the Durham University Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage.


    "This is a volume of many strengths, but the greatest of these is its optimism, which is best expressed by the number of powerful case-studies that unequivocally convey the continued importance of cultural heritage in supporting societies of mixed origin."
    Emily Hanscam, Durham University, UK

    "This compilation brings important questions about migration, diversity, cultural heritage, and society into better focus. The chapters examine in different ways what may happen to cultural heritage when cultural identities collide and merge but also what may happen to people and their cultural lives. Overall, the approach is refreshing in that it seeks to apply the idea of “New Heritage” to deeply rooted notions of culture, ethnicity, nationality, and belonging, and demonstrate how these notions are challenged by mass movement and new ideas and uses of the past. There is an urgent need for critical analysis of this topic, as well as practical solutions, and here the book makes a clear contribution."

    Carolina Jonsson Malm,  Malmö University Sweden