ACHS 2018 Conference

Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference

1-6 September 2018

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Call for Session Proposals (link): Deadline 31 March 2017

“Heritage Across Borders”

The global rise of heritage studies and the heritage industry in recent decades has been a story of crossing frontiers and transcending boundaries. The 2018 Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, held in Hangzhou, China, thus takes ‘borders’ as a broadly defined, yet key, concept for better understanding how heritage is valued, preserved, politicised, mobilised, financed, planned and destroyed. Thinking through borders raises questions about theories of heritage, its methodologies of research, and where its boundaries lie with tourism, urban development, post-disaster recovery, collective identities, climate change, memory or violent conflict. Held in the city of Hangzhou, China, Heritage Across Borders will be the largest ever international conference in Asia dedicated to the topic of heritage. It has been conceived to connect international participants with local issues, and in so doing open up debates about the rural-urban, east-west, tangible-intangible and other familiar divides.

Borders tell us much about the complex role heritage plays in societies around the world today. Historically speaking, physical and political borders have led to ideas about enclosed cultures, and a language of cultural property and ownership which marches forward today in tension alongside ideals of universalism and the cosmopolitan. More people are moving across borders than ever before, with vastly different motivations and capacities. What role can heritage studies play in understanding the experiences of migrants or the plight of refugees? And what heritage futures do we need to anticipate as the pressures of international tourism seem to relentlessly grow year by year?

Heritage Across Borders will consider how the values of heritage and approaches to conservation change as objects, experts, and institutions move across frontiers. It will ask how new international cultural policies alter creation, performance, and transmission for artists, craftspersons, musicians, and tradition-bearers.

What are the frontiers of cultural memory in times of rapid transformation? How can museums engage with increasingly diverse audiences by blurring the distinctions between the affective and representational? And do digital reproductions cross important ethical boundaries?

One of the key contributions of critical heritage studies has been to draw attention to the role of heritage in constructing and operationalising boundaries and borders of many kinds-national, social, cultural, ethnic, economic and political.  In what ways do international flows of capital rework indigenous and urban cultures, and reshape nature in ways that redefine existing boundaries?

We especially welcome sessions and papers that challenge disciplinary boundaries and professional divides, and explore cross-border dialogues. What lessons can be learned from Asia where the distinctions between the tangible and intangible are less well marked? And how can researchers bridge cultural and linguistic barriers to better understand these nuances?

Organised by Zhejiang University this major international conference will be held in Hangzhou, China on 1-6 September 2018.

Conference website:


CFP: Critical Heritage Studies in Canada: What Does Heritage Do?

Critical Heritage Studies in Canada: What Does Heritage Do?
Deadline to Submit: December 22, 2016

Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue d’études canadiennes

Drawing on the debates of the June 2016 Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) Conference in Montreal, this theme issue seeks contributions (articles and review essays) that reflect on the state(s) of heritage in Canada – both tangible and intangible – from critical perspectives. Contributions to this special issue will focus critically on ‘What Does Heritage Do?’ in Canada. What have been its limitations and what might be its possibilities? This special issue of JCS/REC seeks to reflect upon, analyze, expand and critique heritage perspectives in Canada. We call on academics, cultural producers and heritage practitioners to contribute to critical heritage discussions in Canada through this special issue.

Authors must submit a 500-word abstract and 50-word bio to Susan Ashley at in English or French by December 22, 2016. Key for us will be how you conceptualize the word heritage in your proposals.

To read the full Call for Papers, please visit For further information, please contact JCS/REC Guest Editors, Susan Ashley ( or Andrea Terry (

Appel D’Articles
Études critiques du patrimoine au Canada : un patrimoine, ça fait quoi?
Date limite de soumission : le 22 décembre 2016

Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue d’études canadiennes

Ce sujet s’inspire des débats qui ont marqué le troisième congrès bisannuel de l’Association of Critical Heritage Studies, organisé en juin 2016 à Montréal. Pour ce numéro thématique, nous sommes à la recherche de contributions (articles et revues de littérature) qui réfléchissent sur l’état ou les différents états du patrimoine canadien – aussi bien tangible qu’intangible – d’un point de vue critique. Les contributions à ce numéro spécial tâcheront de répondre de façon critique aux questions suivantes : « Le patrimoine, ça fait quoi? Quelles ont été ses limites et quelles pourraient être ses possibilités? » Ce numéro spécial de la RÉC/JCS souhaite repenser, analyser, élargir et critiquer les perspectives de la critique dans le champ patrimonial au Canada, en demandant ce que la notion de patrimoine accomplit effectivement au Canada, et ce qu’elle pourrait accomplir. Nous invitons les universitaires, les créateurs du milieu culturel et les intervenants actifs dans le domaine du patrimoine à apporter leur contribution aux échanges critiques sur le sujet en participant à ce numéro spécial de la Revue.

Les auteurs doivent fournir un résumé de 500 mots accompagné d’une notice biographique de 50 mots, en français ou en anglais, à Susan Ashley,, au plus tard le 22 décembre 2016. Nous accorderons une attention particulière à la façon dont le mot patrimoine sera conceptualisé dans les propositions.

Pour lire l’Appel d’articles complet, veuillez consulter Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez contacter les directrices invitées de la JCS/REC, Susan Ashley ( ou Andrea Terry (