Cross-Territorial heritage sites : towards a cross-cultural heritage practice

Witcomb, Andrea 2010, Cross-Territorial heritage sites : towards a cross-cultural heritage practice, in Proceedings of World Universities Congress, Common Ground Publishing, [Canakkale, Turkey], pp. 1449-1457.

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Title Cross-Territorial heritage sites : towards a cross-cultural heritage practice
Author(s) Witcomb, AndreaORCID iD for Witcomb, Andrea orcid.org/0000-0002-9128-2896
Conference name World Universities. Congress (2010 : Canakkale, Turkey)
Conference location Çanakkale, Turkey
Conference dates 20 -24 Oct. 2010
Title of proceedings Proceedings of World Universities Congress
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series World Universities Congress
Start page 1449
End page 1457
Total pages 9
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication [Canakkale, Turkey]
Keyword(s) cross-territorial heritage
cross-cultural heritage
dialogue
Summary This paper will describe a current research project at Deakin University’s Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific which aims to develop our current understanding of heritage beyond the national frame usually given to it. The project focuses on a number of heritage sites associated with Australia’s war time heritage. However, all of these sites are located on foreign soil, in land which is not owned by the Australian government. Moreover, because of their location, these sites may or may not have significance for the countries where they are located or to other participants in the same war. Their location in another country and in other people’s narratives poses a complex problem for those who want to conserve, manage and interpret these sites in a manner which preserves their significance to Australia. Is it possible to do this while also recognising other people’s investment or lack of, in these sites? What do we need to think about when recognising the existence of dissonant heritage not only within a nation but across nations? And can this dissonance be used to encourage crosscultural dialogue? Using current understandings of heritage as potentially dissonant, and accepting the need to work within a pluralist frame which supports and argues for cultural diversity, this project explores what happens when this dissonance and diversity occurs not simply within a nation but across national borders. The paper will explore these issues by looking at the interpretation of the Thai-Burma railway, one of a handful of sites which Australians use to mark Anzac Day, the national day of remembrance for those who died fighting for their country.
Language eng
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio Economic Objective 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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