Co-sponsored by the U.S. Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Connecting (to) Heritage Studies in the U.S. , which will be held June 15-18, 2017 at Arkansas State University, seeks to further develop an interdisciplinary community in the U.S. that is interested and/or already involved in cultural heritage-related work. The meeting will convene scholars, professionals, and students from a diversity of fields, disciplines, and sectors around the concept and uses of ‘cultural heritage’ and potential connections that can be made to its related field, heritage studies, the thriving international heritage discourse, and to each other. Meeting participants will give presentations and foster discussions on such themes as: Connecting to Heritage Studies: Theory and Practice, convening scholars and practitioners in anthropology, applied anthropology, archaeology, folklore and public folklore, ethnomusicology, museum studies, library studies, cultural policy, public health, and environmental studies, among others; Heritage Studies and University Programs; Universities and Community Partnerships; Heritage and Media; and Intangible Cultural Heritage.
There really has been no meeting such as this in the U.S. and it’s about time to bring our wide ranging disciplinary theories/methodologies together under the theme of cultural heritage/heritage studies and see what connections can be made, if it’s a valuable tool for greater interdisciplinarity, and for increasing our contributions to the ever-growing global discourse.
Keynote: Professor Laurajane Smith, Head, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Director, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Australian National University; Editor in Chief, International Journal of Heritage Studies; co-founder of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies; author of Uses of Heritage (Routledge, 2006), among other books.