Think Global Heritage is a new blog created to share news, events and analysis on heritage matters from across the world. With articles written both by both students and professors at Heriot Watt University, the blog aims to reflect on the current developments in the field and engage critically with theoretical issues as well as relevant case studies.
As Laurajane Smith argued:
Material or tangible heritage provides a physical representation of those things from the past that speak to a sense of place, a sense of self, of belonging and community. (Smith 2006: 30)
Understanding thus the essential role that heritage plays in everyone’s life, the articles discussed here will analyse these relationships as well as consider the latest developments in understanding both tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
The “intangible cultural heritage” means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity. (UNESCO 2003 Convention)
We will also consider the challenging relationships created in relation to these objects and practices through discussion of specific themes such as gender, sustainability, or tourism.
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(Cover image by Cristina Clopot)