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Save the Date for our 2015 Conference "Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values: Embracing Change in the Management of Place"

We are excited to announce our next conference, Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values: Embracing Change in the Management of Place. The conference, jointly sponsored with the the UMass Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, will be held at the UMass Amherst campus Wednesday, May 13-Friday, May 15, 2015. Click here for details and the call for abstracts.

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Elizabeth Chilton to Present Talks in Madrid & Paris

Professor Elizabeth S. Chilton, founding Director of the Center for Heritage & Society (CHS), is an invited speaker at two international conferences in the coming months. The first, “Cultural Heritage Management in Higher Education: Teaching and Learning” takes place in Madrid, September 15-21, 2014. Sponsored by the Universities Complutense and Politécnica of Madrid, the symposium is funded by International Excellence Campus Moncloa (University Complutense and Politécnica). The second conference, “The Heritage Value of Terroir-Based Economies: A Model for Human Development, will be held in Paris, February 18-21, 2015 in Paris. It is organized by the Association of the Climats of Burgundy in partnership with UNESCO, Ministries of Culture and Ecology (France), University of Burgundy, Dijon (France), University of Paris I Sorbonne (France).

In Madrid, Chilton will speak on the recently submitted proposal for a new Masters Program in Global Heritage at UMass Amherst that is being put forward by the Departments of Anthropology, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and History. In Paris she will speak on the social benefits of heritage preservation with a special focus on the economic valuation of heritage.

Follow this link for the complete article from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

CHS Hosts the International Conference "Heritage & Healthy Societies: Exploring the Links among Cultural Heritage, Environment, and Resilience"

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage & Society (CHS) held its fourth annual International Conference from May 14-16, 2014, on the UMass Amherst Campus. The conference, entitled Heritage and Healthy Societies: Exploring the Links among Cultural Heritage, Environment, and Resilience, was co-organized by Elizabeth Chilton (UMass), Sophia Labadi (University of Kent), and Matthew Hill (UMass), and garnered 86 abstracts from participants representing 20 countries, including Australia, Indonesia, Denmark, Sweden, India, and China.

We were pleased to host a number of distinguished plenary speakers, including Michael Herzfeld, Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, whose main research interests are on the interrelations between historic conservation and gentrification, nationalism and crypto-colonialism; Rodney Harrison, Reader in Archaeology at University College London whose research focuses on the history and theory of cultural heritage in a global context; and Jane Grenville, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of York, whose research examines the relationship between the built environment and ontological security.

Click here for more information and to see the conference program.

CHS Supports the 2014 SAFE Beacon Award

Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE) has recently announced the winner of the 2014 Beacon Award. This year, the award honors Monica Hanna for her work in promoting awareness of the problem of looting in Egypt. The UMass Center for Heritage & Society is pleased to be one of the sponsors of this year's award. Read more here.

CHS Welcomes New Faculty Affiliate Samuel J. Redman

Samuel J. Redman is a historian working on issues surrounding heritage studies, public history, and oral history in the modern United States. He has a B.A. in anthropology and history from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. Before enrolling in graduate school, he gained professional experience working for several museums, including the Field Museum of Natural History, Science Museum of Minnesota, and Colorado History Museum. Most recently, he worked at the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley helping to organize several large, community-oriented, oral history research projects. These projects included the Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front Oral History Project, Japanese American Confinement Sites Oral History Project, and the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge Oral History Project.

He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, The Great Bone Race, on the history of collecting, researching, and exhibiting human remains in museums throughout the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Summer Newsletter

Our summer 2013 newsletter is available here. To receive occasional updates and news on upcoming conferences, you can join our mailing list.

Elizabeth Chilton to Deliver Lecture in Rabat, Morocco

Professor Elizabeth S. Chilton is an invited speaker and participant in an international expert meeting on “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Economy,” in Rabat, Morocco, July 5-6, 2013. The meeting was sponsored and organized by the Ministry of Culture of Morocco. Professor Chilton will be the first speaker among the dozen presenters and panelists. As the only U.S. representative, she will join colleagues from Japan, Turkey, Egypt, Belgium, Morocco, France, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. She will be give a lecture entitled “The Past for Sale? The Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage.”

Her presentation will summarize some of the key themes and issues addressed in the recent conference hosted by the Center for Heritage & Society (CHS) at UMass Amherst. Chilton is Director of CHS and is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Jane Anderson to Present Paper at Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series,
Library of Congress.

The lecture took place April 3, 2013, from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building. To read more about the paper, "Anxieties of Authorship and Ownership: Intellectual Property, Indigenous Collections, and Decolonial Futures," visit
http://www.loc.gov/folklife/events/botkin-lectures.html

New Publisher for Heritage & Society

We are pleased to announce that the international, peer-reviewed journal of the CHS, Heritage & Society, will now be published and distributed in both print and digital editions by Maney Publishing, a leading independent publisher of academic and professional journals based in the United Kingdom. H&S Co-editors Elizabeth Chilton and Neil Silberman want to express their thanks to Mitch Allen of Left Coast Press in Walnut Creek, California—who was the founding publisher of the journal and who made the seamless transition to Maney possible. The new arrangement will offer Heritage & Society greater international visibility and wider availability to heritage scholars and professionals. With its increasing focus on archaeology and heritage and catalogue of more than 100 journals, Maney is committed to technical and editorial innovation combined with traditional values of quality and academic collaboration. We are enthusiastic about the new possibilities this opens for Heritage & Society. For the official announcement, see: http://www.maneypublishing.com/index.php/journals/hso

New Associate Director for the Center for Heritage & Society Hired

Matthew Hill, the new Associate Director for CHS, completed his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago with a focus on international cultural heritage. He works at the intersection of cultural heritage, tourism and urban development, and has expertise in the urban and tourism related aspects of heritage in Latin America and the Global South. He conducts research on UNESCO World Heritage sites in Cuba and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and teaches comparative courses on the use of cultural heritage as an urban globalization strategy. He has recently published a work on Havana's historic center in Saskia Sassen's Deciphering the Global and Gary McDonough and Marina Peterson's Global Downtowns. He has ten years of applied experience consulting on cultural heritage and urban development issues.

CHS Faculty Affiliate and Anthropology Graduate Student Begin Work on Intellectual Property Law Project

CHS faculty affiliate and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Jane Anderson, and PhD student Julie Woods secured start-up research funds from the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University School of Law for their project "The Utility of Cultural Protocols within Intellectual Property Law | Bridging Historical Exclusions and Building Future Relationships | Stage One." Click here to read more.

Latest Edition of Heritage & Society

The latest edition of Heritage & Society features some of the highlights of our 2011 conference "Why Does the Past Matter." Read plenaries by David Lowenthal, Henry Cleere, and Barbara Little, as well as adaptations of papers given by Janet Blake and Karel Bakker. Topics in the issue's "Resources" section include information for institutions working with intellectual property and also an article on cultural relics. Finally, there are several reviews of new books in the field of heritage studies. Click here for more information.

Transforming Threads of Resistance: Political Arpilleras & Textiles by Women from Chile and around the World

Since 2008 the interdisciplinary Art of Conflict Transformation Event Series has served as a platform, bringing to the University of Massachusetts Amherst scholars, artists, and conflict resolvers to explore the geography of conflict; the spaces in and on which conflict has been imprinted and expressed; and the terrains of resistance, resilience, and transformation. In 2012 the group hosted events focusing on women's acts of resistance to state violence in conflict zones throughout the world through their creation of arpilleras and other political textiles. The exhibition of arpilleras opened on February 27 in the UMass Student Union Gallery and ran until March 9. There are several other events associated with this exhibition. Please see their website for more details. Co-sponsored by the Center for Heritage & Society.

"A Call for a Social Science of the Past"

This fall, the National Science Foundation directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences invited white papers on future research priorities. Elizabeth Chilton, UMass Amherst, and Randall Mason, University of Pennsylvania, were invited to submit a paper, and the two coauthored a paper entitled, "A Call for a Social Science of the Past," which underscored the value of heritage studies as a way of contributing to research on the past. Click here to read their paper, or click here to view other submissions.

New Publication on Intellectual Property co-authored by Jane Anderson

The publication, "Intellectual Property and the Safeguarding of Traditional Cultures: Legal Issues and Practical Options for Museums, Libraries and Archives," was prepared by Jane Anderson and Molly Torsen. The publication contains information for cultural institutions and indigenous and traditional communities whose collections contain traditional cultural expressions, and it provides examples of best practices from around the world. The publication can be downloaded at the WIPO website or by clicking here.

Elizabeth Chilton and Neil Silberman Named Editors of International Heritage Journal

Elizabeth Chilton and Neil Silberman have been named co-editors of the peer-reviewed journal, Heritage & Society, (formerly Heritage Management) published by Left Coast Press. Heritage & Society is an international, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for scholarly, professional, and community reflection on the cultural, political, and economic impacts of heritage on contemporary society. For more information about the journal, click here.



CHS Conference Highlighted in Special Issue of UNESCO Publication

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This special issue of Museum International contains highlights from the conference "Heritage in Conflict and Consensus," organized by the Center for Heritage and Society in November 2009.

Click here to read more about this issue.

Elizabeth Chilton is Interviewed about UMass Heritage Center

Click here to read the article Sweating the small stuff: The UMass Center for Heritage and Society aims to pinpoint intangibles worth saving by Kristin Palpini which appeared on GazetteNET (http://www.gazettenet.com) on February 3, 2010


Past Events

Heritage & Healthy Societes: Exploring the Links among Cultural Heritage, Environment, and Resilience

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage & Society hosted this international conference from May 14-16, 2014.
Click here to read more about the conference.

Ethan Carr - CHS Colloquium Series
"The Cape Cod Model: Heritage Landscape Conservation in the Kennedy Era"

Ethan Carr, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
April 18, 2014, 12-1:30pm, Location: Gordon Hall 303

During the 1950s and 1960s, an unprecedented experiment in landscape conservation took place on Cape Cod. With a dynamic young President who lived in Hyannis Port, the initiative reached the highest levels of government and included the 1962 federal legislation that created Cape Code National Seashore. The effort hinged almost entirely on notions of the "heritage" landscape of the Lower Cape, what its essential elements were, and how it could be conserved as a living, ongoing cultural landscape. The result was the "Cape Cod Model," an influential precedent for subsequent approaches to conservation.

Laetitia La Follette - CHS Colloquium Series
"CPIA, CPAC, and the MoU Process: Thinking about Next Steps for Protecting Heritage Abroad"

April 9, 2014, 12-1:30pm, Location: Gordon Hall 303

Drawing on her recent experience testifying before the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC), Dept. of State, in support of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) the U.S. has entered into with heritage–rich countries like Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Peru, Dr. Laetitia La Follette (Associate Professor and Director, Program in Art History, Department of Art, Architecture and Art History) outlined the key pieces and players in our nation’s attempts to protect international cultural heritage through the Cultural Property Implementation Act of 1983 (CPIA). She discussed the way these agreements are moving away from an almost exclusive attention on the restriction of imports into the U.S. of endangered categories of objects (via the designated list) to the development of Article II as a vehicle to promote heritage initiatives in country.

Lisa Wexler - CHS Colloquium Series
"CircumChange: Researching Heritage, Arctic Societies and Imposed Change"

February 28, 2014, 12-1:30pm, Location: Draper Board Room

Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor in Community Health Education, Department of Public Health, spoke about how dramatic changes in society, governance structures, economies, and environments across the Circumpolar North have left many communities living with often-intense social and cultural stresses from issues such as changing climates and livelihoods due to resource extraction, industrial development, and tourism. This talk described CircumChange, a research project that uses a variety of methods to begin to collaboratively address these pressing issues in indigenous communities in Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Norway.

The Past For Sale? New Perspectives on the Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society hosted this international conference from May 15-17, 2013.
Click here to read more about the conference.

High-tech Heritage: How Are Digital Technologies Changing Our Views of the Past?

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society held thisinternational conference from May 2-4, 2012.
Click here to read more about the conference.

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May 4-7, 2011


The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society held an international conference from May 4-7, 2011 at the UMass Amherst Campus.

View photos from the event here.

Read more about the conference here.


Dr. Jane Anderson Moderates a Panel on Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Dr. Jane Anderson will be moderating a panel as part of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice's "Intellectual Property Empowerment Summit," taking place at Howard University School of Law on 5 November 2010.
Click here to read more.

Neil Silberman Moderated IIC Istanbul Panel

As part of the annual meeting of the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) held Istanbul in September 2010, UMass Amherst Center for Heritage and Society Coordinator of Projects and Policy Initiatives Neil Silberman was invited to moderate and serve as commentator for its distinguished "Dialogues for the New Century" Roundtable.
Read more about the panel here

UMass Announced Cluster Hire in International Heritage Studies

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Heritage Colloquium Speakers

April 13-March 6, 2010

Click here to view our upcoming Colloquium Speakers


Fabio Grementieri to speak on "Argentine Heritage Culture: The Light Game of Deconstruction."

April 29 at 5:30pm on the second floor of the new Fine Arts Building, UMass Amherst.

Fabio Grementieri is Director of the Preservation Program at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, an adviser to public and private institutions including the Argentine government, the city of Buenos Aires, UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund. He has published several books on Buenos Aires heritage and has lectured widely throughout the Americas and Europe. In 2009 he won the prestigious Henry Hope Reed Award given by the Driehaus Foundation and the University of Notre Dame.


A Talk by Lonnie Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union, at UMass Amherst

The W.E.B. Du Bois Center hosted its inaugural symposium on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union, at UMass Amherst. Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Ph.D., spoke on “The Challenge of Building a National Museum.” Dr. Bunch is the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
A prolific and widely published author, Dr. Bunch has written on topics ranging from the black military experience, the American presidency, and all-black towns in the American west to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums.
Dr. Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society, held a number of positions at the National Museum of American History, and served as curator of history and program manager for the California Afro-American Museum in Los Angeles.


Marcelo Brodsky and Ilan Stavans Lecture
"Once @ 9:53: Turning Terrorism into a Fotonovela"

Thursday, March 25th, 7 pm Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College

A Public Conversation between Marcelo Brodsky and Ilan Stavans sponsored by the Lamont and Lurcy Funds and the Department of Spanish at Amherst College, and the Architecture+Design Program and the Center for Heritage and Society at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Click here to download a flyer


Marcelo Brodsky and Ilan Stavans Lecture
"The Memory Park and ESMA: Preserving and Remembering State Terrorism"

Friday, March 26th, 12 pm Fine Arts Center, Room 353 UMass

A lunchtime seminar sponsored by the Lamont and Lurcy Funds and the Department of Spanish at Amherst College, and the Architecture+Design Program and the Center for Heritage and Society at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Limited seating, free and open to the public. For more information call (413) 542-2317 or email mpage@art.umass.edu or istavans@amherst.edu
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Professor Mindy Fullilove - CHS Colloquium Series

February 16, 2010 at 5:30pm in the Thompson Center room 102, UMass Amherst

Professor Mindy Fullilove, Columbia University, spoke on "Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It"
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"[murmur] on Main Street: Multimedia Community-Based Research on Cities"

A brown-bag lunch discussion was held with Prof. Mindy Fullilove, MD (Columbia University School of Medicine) and Molly Rose Kaufman (project coordinator, [murmur] Orange)
Tuesday, February 16 from 12-1 pm Thompson Hall 620 UMass campus
Click here to read more


Heritage as Applied Anthropology: Setting the Agenda for the 21st Century

American Anthropological Association Presidential Session
December 2, 2009, 4:00-7:45pm, Liberty Ballroom A, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia Marriot

Elizabeth Chilton and Neil Silberman organized this AAA session, with Elizabeth Chilton, Angela Labrador and Heidi Bauer-Clapp as chairs.

Click here to read about the session Read more about the session here.

Heritage in Conflict and Consensus: New Approaches to the Social, Political, and Religious Impact of Public Heritage in the 21st Century, An International Workshop

November 9-13, 2009
UMass Amherst, MA, and Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

This five-day workshop offered global perspectives on selected themes of Heritage in Conflict and began to develop a long-term working group to formulate research and policy agendas for the future. Participants included specialists in historic preservation, architecture, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, conflict resolution, public history, and heritage management as well as leaders and representatives of affected communities from Europe, the Americas, South Africa, and the Middle East.

Co-sponsored by The Institute for Advanced Theology, Bard College and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, and with the support of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, The Archaeological Institute of America, The Brothertown Indian Nation, and UNESCO Museum International.

Click here to read more about the highlights


CHS Received Research Leadership in Action Grant

The Center for Heritage and Society recently was awarded a $20,000 Research Leadership in Action Grant from the University of Massachusetts Amherst to host a fall workshop entitled, "Heritage Conflict and Consensus: New Approaches to the Social, Political, and Economic Roles of Public Heritage in the 21st Century." The workshop, took place on the UMass Amherst campus in November 2009, and offered a global perspective on the issue of Heritage in Conflict and the methods and approaches needed to address it. Participants included specialists in historic preservation, architecture, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, conflict resolution, economics, international development, museum studies, public history, and heritage management as well as community leaders and representatives of affected communities.


Neil Silberman gave keynote address at heritage workshop in China

September 26-29, 2009, Dunhuang, China

Neil Silberman, coordinator of Projects and Policy Initiatives of the Center for Heritage and Society and lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, was invited to give a keynote presentation at the international workshop: Advancing Sustainable Tourism at Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites at the Mogao Caves World Heritage site, Dunhuang, China, from 26 to 29 September 2009. This workshop is sponsored by the Australian Government, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Tourism Working Group, and the Dunhuang Academy. It is the culmination of recent international initiatives relating to sustainable tourism and aims to achieve formal recognition of the opportunities and challenges presented by tourism by utilizing the mechanisms in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.


Gustavo Araoz, President of ICOMOS

May 5, 2009, Amherst

Gustavo Araoz, President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

“New Directions in the Work of ICOMOS: World Heritage and Global Society in the 21st Century”

Tuesday, May 5 @ 7 PM, SOM 137 (UMass Amherst Campus)

 

 
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