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Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage
Beyond and Between Borders

ISBN 9780367348465
Published July 21, 2020 by Routledge
248 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage explores the role heritage has played in representing, contesting and negotiating the history and politics of ethnic, migrant, multicultural, diasporic or ‘other’ heritages in, within, between and beyond nations and national boundaries.

Containing contributions from academics and professionals working across a range of fields, this volume contends that, in the face of various global ‘crises’, the role of heritage is especially important: it is a stage for the negotiation of shifting identities and for the rewriting of traditions and historical narratives of belonging and becoming. As a whole, the book connects and further develops methodological and theoretical discourses that can fuel and inform practice and social outcomes. It also examines the unique opportunities, challenges and limitations that various actors encounter in their efforts to preserve, identify, assess, manage, interpret and promote heritage pertaining to the experience and history of migration and migrant groups.

Bringing together diverse case studies of migration and migrants in cultural heritage practice, Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage will be of great interest to academics and students engaged in the study of heritage and museums, as well as those working in the fields of memory studies, public history, anthropology, archaeology, tourism and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1.      Alexandra Dellios and Eureka Henrich, ‘Migratory Pasts and Heritage Making Presents: Theory and Practice’


PART ONE: Challenging Official Heritage and National Historiographies: Expanding Heritage Making Theories

2.      Susan Ashley, ‘Heritage-making, Borderwork and (Multi)Cultural Organisations in the North of England’

3.      Christian Rossipal, ‘The Noncitizen Archive: Transversal Heritage and the Jurisgenerative Process’

4.      Karen Schamberger, ‘Objects mediating identity, belonging and cultural difference in Australian museums’

5.      Robert Mason, ‘Erasing Migrant Bodies: Curating Violence and Exhibiting Migrants on the Mexico-USA Border’


PART TWO: Place, Placing Memories and the Politics of Race and Diversity

 6. Alda Terracciano, ‘Intangible Heritage and the Built Environment: Using Multisensory Digital Interfaces to Map Migrants Memories’

7. Karen Agutter, Rachel A. Ankeny and Linda Lacey, ‘Place-making and the Finsbury/Pennington Migrant Hostel: Capturing 45 years of refugee and migrant heritage’

8. Justine Greenwood, ‘Cosmopolitan Capitals: Migrant Heritage, Urban Tourism and the Re-Imagining of Australian Cities’

9. Khanyile Mlotshwa, ‘The dialectics of xenophobia and cultural creolisation in post-apartheid South Africa’

10. Alexandra Bounia, Andrea Witcomb, and Evthymios Papataxiarchis,‘The politics of mnemonic ‘restorative practices’: Contesting memory, mobility, identity and objects in post ‘refugee crisis’ Lesbos’


PART THREE: Community Participation and Collaboration in Diasporic Heritage Practice

 11. Emily C. Arauz, ‘Humanizing Migratory Heritage: Activating New Heritage through People-Centred, Creative Practices’

12. Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen, ‘Monumentalizing Refugee Heritage: Vietnamese Boat People Memorials’

13. Jozefien De Bock, ‘Definition, Participation and Exceptionalism: An Empirically based discussion of three issues in Migrant Heritage Practices’

14. Gayle Munro, ‘Heritage regeneration in response to attempted ‘cultural genocide’: the case of the former Yugoslavia in the UK’

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Alexandra Dellios (PhD, University of Melbourne) is a historian and lecturer in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. Her research considers the public and oral history of migrant and refugee communities in Australia and the UK.

Eureka Henrich (PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney) is a lecturer in history at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Her research explores histories of migration, health, heritage and memory in Australian and transnational contexts.