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Cultural Heritage and the Future

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ISBN 9781138829015
November 19, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages - 58 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cultural Heritage and the Future brings together an international group of scholars and experts to consider the relationship between cultural heritage and the future.

Drawing on case studies from around the world, the contributing authors insist that cultural heritage and the future are intimately linked and that the development of future-thinking should be a priority for academics, students and those working in the wider professional heritage sector. The future has never before attracted substantial research and debate within heritage studies and heritage management, and this book addresses this gap by offering a balance of theoretical and empirical content that will stimulate multidisciplinary debate in the burgeoning field of critical heritage studies.

Cultural Heritage and the Future questions the role of heritage in future-making and will be of great relevance to academics and students working in the fields of museum and heritage studies, archaeology, anthropology, architecture, conservation studies, sociology, history and geography. Those working in the heritage professions will also find much to interest them within the pages of this book. 

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Contributors


Cornelius Holtorf and Anders Högberg

1. INTRODUCTION: Cultural Heritage as a Futuristic Field

Cornelius Holtorf and Anders Högberg

2. Heritage Practices as Future Making Practices

Rodney Harrison

3. Heritage, Thrift and our Children’s Children

Sarah May

4. Perceptions of the Future in Preservation Strategies (or: Why Eyssl von Eysselsberg’s Body Is No Longer Taken Across the Lake)

Cornelius Holtorf and Anders Högberg

5. The Future and Management of ICH in China from a Legal Perspective

Luo Li

6. Decolonizing the future. Folk art environments and the temporality of heritage

Alfredo González-Ruibal, Incipit-CSIC

7. The Spectre of Non-Completion; an archaeological approach to half-built buildings

James Dixon

8. An archaeology of Cold War armageddonism through the lens of Scientology

Robert Maxwell

9. Future visions and the heritage of space: Nostalgia for Infinity

A dialogue between Alice Gorman and Sarah May

10. What lies ahead? Nuclear Waste as Cultural Heritage of the Future

Cornelius Holtorf and Anders Högberg

11. The Future in the Past, the Past in the Future

Rosemary A. Joyce

12. Radioactive Heritage of the Future: A Legacy of Risk

A conversation between Marcos Buser, Abraham Van Luik†, Roger Nelson and Cornelius Holtorf

13. Sustainability, intergenerational equity, and pluralism: Can heritage conservation create alternative futures?

Erica Avrami

14. Palliative Curation and Future Persistence: Life After Death

Caitlin DeSilvey

15. The future, atemporality and heritage: "Yesterday´s tomorrow is not today"

Paul Graves-Brown

16. Heritages of futures thinking: strategic foresight and critical futures

Richard Sandford and May Cassar

17. Final Reflections: The Future of Heritage

Anders Högberg and Cornelius Holtorf


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Cornelius Holtorf

Cornelius Holtorf is Professor of Archaeology and holds a UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden. He is also directing the Graduate School in Contract Archaeology (GRASCA) at his University. In his research he is particularly interested in contemporary archaeology, heritage theory and heritage futures, with numerous international publications in these areas. He also likes sailing.

Anders Högberg

Anders Högberg is a Professor of Archaeology at Linnaeus University and associated researcher at University of Johannesburg. He has broad research interests, currently working with projects in heritage futures studies, migration and cognitive evolution.