1st Edition

Plural Heritages and Community Co-production
Designing, Walking and Remembering

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ISBN 9780367486464
March 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Plural Heritages and Community Co-production is a landmark contribution on the nature and plurality of heritages and how they can be creatively and ethically presented in urban space.

Providing an overview of the concept of plural heritages, this book explores the theory, politics and practice of community co-production as they intersect with currents in critical heritage thinking, walking as ethnography and digital design methods. Told through a central case study in Istanbul, Turkey, this volume aligns with cultural and political imperatives to consider the plural values, meanings, affects and relativities of heritage sites for the multiple communities who live – or, as for diaspora and displaced groups, have lived – with them. It suggests a range of methods for locating and valorising alternative perspectives to those centrally deployed through museums or other institutions, such as UNESCO World Heritage listing, while also exploring the complexities of the past in the present and the ontology of heritage.

Plural Heritages and Community Co-production will be of great interest to researchers, academics, postgraduate students in the fields of heritage and memory studies, museum studies, history, geography, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology and politics. The book will also be of interest to heritage professionals, policy makers and site managers involved in community engagement and participation

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. How Many Pasts?;  2. Plural Heritages;  3. Yetvart;  4. Walking, Talking, Remembering;  5. Co-production Through Design;  6. Selin, Abdullah, Hatice, Yakup, Rıza, Seçmen, Soner;  7.The Challenges of Plural Heritages and Co-production;  8 Minor Heritages;   Afterword 1 by Hatice Demirbiçer;   Afterword 2 by Yetvart Tomasyan 

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Christopher Whitehead is Professor of Museology and Dean of Global Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, UK. He has published extensively across museum, gallery, heritage and memory studies.

Tom Schofield is an artist, designer and researcher with interests in emerging and open source technology, participation and cultural data in public space. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures in Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK.

Gönül Bozoğlu is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Newcastle University, UK, where she undertakes research in heritage, memory, and museum studies

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  • Short Films

    The book refers to a series of co-produced short films. The films represent complex, sensory, affecting and atmospheric reflections by research participants on the past in the present. Watch the short films experience these reflections first hand.