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Heritage Futures and Future Heritages

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How do we care for the future? And what does it mean to speak of different forms of heritage as distinctive future-making practices? This lecture will explore how taking a comparative approach to understanding natural and cultural heritage conservation practices, and bringing heritage, broadly defined, into conversation with the management of other material and virtual legacies such as nuclear waste, might help transform our understanding of the work heritage and other conservation practices do in society. In doing so, the lecture aims to show the value of critical, comparative approaches to heritage in engaging with some of the key social, political, and ecological issues of the present, and in understanding how past legacies shape future worlds.

Rodney Harrison is Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Priority Area Leadership Fellow for Heritage and Professor of Heritage Studies in the UCL Institute of Archaeology. He is Principal Investigator on the major collaborative, international, AHRC-funded Heritage Futures research programme (www.heritage-futures.org) and the AHRC/GCRF-funded Restricted Access Pilot Project, founding editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, and a founding steering group member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. In addition to the AHRC, his research is or has been funded by the European Commission, the Australian Research Council, the British Academy, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and as part of the joint UCL-University of Gothenburg Centre for Critical Heritage Studies.

Lecturer: Professor Rodney Harrison, UCL Archaeology

Inaugural lectures are an opportunity for recently-promoted professors to exhibit to the wider UCL community, and the public outside UCL, a flavour of their intellectual activity and research. Each lecture is followed by a drinks reception, to which all attendees are warmly invited.


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