Lecture—Center for Heritage and Society

March 31, 2014 - 12:00pm
Draper Hall

"Archaeological Tourism and Heritage Development in Contemporary China: A Case Study on the Conflict in the Huashan Rock Art Area” presented by Sarah Quian Gao​.

In this talk, Sarah Quian Gao will use a case study in the Huashan Rock Art Area to discuss the current issues in China concerning archaeological tourism and the conflicts happened in the process of heritage development. The Huashan Rock Art Area is one of the archaeological sites nominated on the Tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage in China. The issues occurred during the process of preparing for a World Heritage designation of this area in recent years are typical examples to illustrate how the World Heritage system is affecting the heritage development and tourism promotion in China in general. This talk focuses on a conflict happened between a local community, which is also a group of ethnic minority people, and the authorities, concerning the heritage development of the archaeological site.

Sarah Qian Gao is an archaeology PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona (UB) and her research interests include heritage management and policy, archaeological tourism and rock art. She completed an MA in archaeology and specialized in prehistoric art at Durham University in the United Kingdom in the academic year 2010/2011, graduating with distinction. In the academic year 2011/2012 she began her PhD research on the subject of archaeological tourism in China under the supervision of Professor Margarita Diaz-Andreu in the “Cultural and Heritage Management” (Gestió de la Cultura i del Patrimoni)” doctoral programme of UB. She has obtained a three-year PhD funding from the AGAUR (Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants, Agència de Gestió d´Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) beginning in October 2013. Her publications include an article on the interpretation of rock art heritage in Southwest China (Rock Art Research 2013) and two conference reports respectively on rock art and heritage (International Newsletter on Rock Art 2013 and The European Archaeologist 2013). She is a member of the International Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property funded by the Quebec Funding for Research of Society and Culture (FQRSC). She is also a member of the Rock Art Research Task Group in which rock art heritage is a central concern and gave a talk on the subject of Chinese rock art heritage at the group’s meeting organised at Durham University in May 2009. She is currently a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP).

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