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"Encounters with Popular Pasts: Meanings and Myths at the Interface Between Heritage and Popular Culture ''

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Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP), Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham,UK.
Krannert Art Museum auditorium
May 23, 2013 - May 24, 2013   9:00 am - 5:00 pm  
public: $25, students: $15
Helaine Silverman

The critical study of ''heritage'' encompasses many domains, from ''governance'' to the more

spontaneous and fluid realms of popular custom and practice. While tangible and intangible

heritage are still authoritatively deployed as symbols of nation, authority and continuity, they

are also widely and freely appropriated for purposes of entertainment, pleasure, and to mark

more localized and ephemeral identities. Media of many kinds are central in such processes,

thereby raising issues of re-inscribed hegemonies of ''old world'' and ''new world'' heritage,

together with the creation and expression of new cultural forms capable of being transformed

into heritage.

The on-going processes by which heritage is made and re-made are closely tied to particular

interest groups, social trends and various forms and flows of mediation. Established,

''traditional'' types of heritage are being re-cast and circulated across cultures while emergent

heritages, rooted in popular cultures, are cutting through long standing global relations and

perceptions. Moreover, the media produces heritage as well as distributing and consuming it

with performance, performers, stage sets and the remembered, shared moments of being part

of an audience, all forming part of a popular and widely shared inheritance.

This workshop is premised on the recognition that heritage is popular and popular culture is

now readily transformed into heritage with meanings and myths which are re-shaping social

life, political and economic realities and, are re-making ''tradition''. What does popular heritage

look like? Who does it speak to? Is it active in dissolving class and cultural boundaries or just

reproducing new ones? How do societies manage a heritage that is fluid, immediate and that

straddles extremes of serious conflict and hedonistic frivolity?

By bringing together scholars from North America and Europe working out of a range of

disciplinary perspectives and by focusing upon a range of cases dealing with the heritage /

popular culture interface, we seek to explore and problematize how various communities are

generating and encountering recent heritage forms.

MAY 23-24 2013

Location: Krannert Art Museum auditorium

Time: 9-5 each day

Registration form (Deadline: May 15, 2013)

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