13-02-2017 - Understanding Heritage: Salon with Rodney Harrison, Lionel De Vlieger and Anna Rispoli


13 Feb 2017

Bozar - Salon de Réception 

Time implies processes of decay, destruction and forgetting. Heritage is often thought to be the preservation of old objects, places and practices that are valuable and at risk, yet we can also think of it as a series of practices situated in present society, engaging with the past to build a common future.
In this salon Rodney Harrison presents alternative and provocative ways of thinking about heritage.
How does uncertainty about the deep future and the transformation of values affect heritage practice? How do institutions and people decide what to discard and what to keep in times of mass production and consumption? How is diversity preserved – or produced – in the domains of biology, culture, genetics and language, and what happens if these domains interact? How might we work with, rather than against, processes of decay and ruination in heritage conservation?


19:30h - Welcome by Jean Paul Van Bendegem/VUB

19:35h - Lecture by Rodney Harrison: The Futures of Heritage

20:00h - Short response + presentation by Lionel Devlieger/Rotor

20:15h - Short response by Anna Rispoli/artist

20:30h - Discussion with the invited speakers on heritage as a series of activities which are intimately concerned with assembling future worlds, on the stakes of relating heritage practices with each other and with contemporary societal concerns.



Participation is free, but registration is required. Click here for the registration form.

Bios / Slides

Harrison is Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology,
University College London, and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow. His work engages the material pasts,
presents and futures of archaeology, anthropology, heritage and museums. He is
the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary
, a founding executive committee member of the Association of
Critical Heritage Studies, and principal investigator on the c.£2.4million AHRC
funded Heritage Futures research programme. This research programme is
distinctive in its comparative approach, which aims to bring heritage
conservation practices of various forms into closer dialogue with the
management of other material and virtual legacies such as nuclear waste, and in
its exploration of different forms of heritage as discrete future-making
practices. He is the (co-)author or (co-)editor of more than a dozen books and
edited volumes and over 60 refereed journal articles and book chapters on a
range of topics, with particular foci on archaeologies of the present and recent
past, historical archaeologies of colonialism, critical heritage studies and
the histories of museums, archaeology and anthropology. His books include Collecting,
Ordering, Governing: Anthropology, Museums and Liberal
Government (written
with Tony Bennett, Fiona Cameron, Ben Dibley, Ira Jacknis and Conal McCarthy,
Duke, 2017), Heritage: Critical Approaches (Routledge, 2013), The
Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World
(edited with
Paul Graves-Brown and Angela Piccini, OUP, 2013), and After Modernity:
Archaeological Approaches to the Contemporary Past
(written with John
Schofield, OUP, 2010).