International Conference, The Past for Sale? Coming Up at UMass Amherst

SBS Center for Heritage and Society
Friday, April 19, 2013

The UMass Amherst Center for Heritage & Society will be holding its third annual International Conference on May 15-17, 2013. "The Past for Sale? New Perspectives on the Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage" has garnered 120 abstracts from participants representing 30 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Panama, Syria, and Zimbabwe.

The conference will bring together a wide range of academics, government officials, community officials and others interested in examining the economic impact of cultural heritage. Presenters and participants will question both the monetary or social values that heritage has in the 21st century. Some of the themes to be explored in the conference include tourism, urban revitalization, archaeological looting and its costs, and the business of ancient art.

The conference is pleased to welcome a distinguishedroster of plenary speakers. Gregory Ashworth, professor of heritage management and urban tourism at the University of Groningen (Netherlands), whose main research interests are on the interrelations between tourism, heritage and place marketing. Françoise Benhamou, professor at sciences, Po Paris, focuses on the interplay of cultural heritage and economics. Neil Brodie, senior research fellow at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, the University of Glasgow, centers her research on the illicit antiquities industry. J.P. Singh, professor of global affairs and cultural studies at George Mason University, is the author of several books about culture, economics and development.

In addition, the conference will include more than 15 sessions to address main conference themes and paper presentations by several heritage scholars. Regular registration will continue until May 1, but interested individuals can register on site the day of the conference for an additional fee. Discounted registration is available for students.

The UMass Amherst Center for Heritage and Society (CHS) is a multidisciplinary initiative to craft new approaches to heritage conversation and communication, while also offering research opportunities for scholars working in heritage-related fields. For more information on CHS, to register for the conference, or to view the preliminary conference program, please visit the website.