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European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices

1st Edition

Edited by Areti Galani, Rhiannon Mason, Gabi Arrigoni


160 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367148065
pub: 2019-07-18
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European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices focuses on the intersection of heritage, dialogue and digital culture in the context of Europe. Responding to the increased emphasis on the potential for heritage and digital technologies to foster dialogue and engender communitarian identities in Europe, the book explores what kind of role digital tools, platforms and practices play in supporting and challenging dialogue about heritage in the region.

Drawing on fieldwork involving several European museums and heritage organisations, the chapters in this volume critically engage with the role of digital technology in heritage work and its association with ideas of democratisation, multivocality and possibilities for feedback and dialogic engagement in the emerging digital public sphere. The book also provides a framework for understanding dialogue in relation to other commonly-used approaches in heritage institutions, such as participation, engagement and intercultural exchange. The authors map out the complex landscape of digitally-mediated heritage practices in Europe, both official and unofficial, by capturing three distinct areas of practice: perceptions and applications of digitally-mediated dialogues around heritage within European museums and cultural policy, facilitation of dialogue between European museums and communities through participatory design approaches, and non-official mobilisation of heritage on social media.

European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices will be of interest to both scholars and students in the fields of heritage and museum studies, digital heritage, media studies and communication, the digital humanities, sociology and memory studies. The book will also appeal to policymakers and professionals working in a variety of different fields.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: locating heritage and dialogue in digital culture

Areti Galani, Gabi Arrigoni, Rhiannon Mason, Bethany Rex

Chapter 2 Problematising digital and dialogic heritage practices in Europe: tensions and opportunities

Areti Galani, Katie Markham, Rhiannon Mason

Chapter 3 Digitally enhanced polyvocality and reflective spaces: challenges in sustaining dialogue in museums through digital technologies

Gabi Arrigoni, Areti Galani

Artefact vignette #1Transformation Machin

Annelie Berner, Monika Halina Seyfried, Gabi Arrigoni, Areti Galani

Chapter 4 Participation and dialogue: Curatorial reflexivity in participatory processes

Dagny Stuedahl, Torhild Skåtun, Ageliki Lefkaditou, Tobias Messenbrink

Artefact Vignette #2The New Europe app

Annelie Berner, Monika Halina Seyfried, Gabi Arrigoni, Areti Galani

Chapter 5 1215 in 280 Characters: Talking about Magna Carta on Twitter

David Farrell-Banks

Artefact Vignette #3Erdi

Annelie Berner, Monika Halina Seyfried, Gabi Arrigoni, Areti Galani

Chapter 6 Dialogues and heritages in the digital public sphere

Areti Galani, Rhiannon Mason, Bethany Rex

About the Editors

Areti Galani is senior lecturer in Media, Culture, Heritage at Newcastle University, UK, specialising in digital cultural heritage. She works with people-centred methodologies and research-through-design approaches to explore the role of digital technologies in heritage contexts, on-site and online. She has published on issues related to empathy, reflexivity, and sociality in designing and evaluating [digitally-mediated] heritage experiences.

Rhiannon Mason is a Professor of Heritage and Cultural Studies and the Head of the School of Arts and Cultures in Newcastle University, UK. Her research and teaching are focused on heritage, identity and nationalism and she has published extensively around these topics as well as issues of emotion, memory and migration.

Gabi Arrigoni is a researcher at Newcastle University, UK, in the field of digital cultural heritage. She focuses on future and design-based methods for heritage scholarship.

About the Series

Critical Heritages of Europe

The Critical Heritages of Europe series seeks to explore the cultural and social politics of the European past in the present. Bridging theoretical and empirical research, the series accommodates broad understandings of Europe – a shifting and historically mutable entity, made both of internal tensions and exogenous encounters, re-imaginings and influences. ‘Heritage’ too is taken as an expansive paradigm, made in myriad practices where the past is valorised for the present, from folk traditions to museums and memorials, the management of historic sites and traditions, and everyday matters such as education, political discourse, home life, food consumption and people’s relations with place.

Books in the series engage with European heritages in critical times – in all senses – when Europe and mobilizations of its heritages and memories are called upon to solve problems, and when contests over the meanings of the past are part of wider social and political relations and tensions. Heritage practices are variously informed by civil and uncivil visions, the politics of difference and co-presence, difficult pasts, relations with the ‘outside’, borders, margins, and migrations. Critical questions include:

  • What is the European past made to do in the present and for the future?
  • What counts as European heritage? To whom, and why?
  • How and why do relationships with, and attitudes to, the past inform identity positions, social orders and moral values in, or in relation to, Europe?
  • When and where in the (wider) world do European heritages configure identities?
  • What are the contemporary meanings and effects of global encounters, mobilities and trajectories in which Europe has played roles?
  • What theoretical and critical perspectives can be articulated to contribute new understandings of European heritages? How might these be made relevant for current and future heritage practice?
  • What are the relations between theory, criticality, ethics and heritage practice in the European dimension?

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Museum Studies
HISTORY / Europe / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / Digital & Online Resources
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology