Beyond eurocentrism? Heritage conservation and the politics of difference

Winter, Tim 2014, Beyond eurocentrism? Heritage conservation and the politics of difference, International journal of heritage, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 123-137, doi: 10.1080/13527258.2012.736403.

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Title Beyond eurocentrism? Heritage conservation and the politics of difference
Author(s) Winter, TimORCID iD for Winter, Tim
Journal name International journal of heritage
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 123
End page 137
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1352-7258
Keyword(s) Asian heritage
post-colonial theory
cultural policy
Summary There is a long-standing debate concerning the suitability of European or ‘western’ approaches to the conservation of cultural heritage in other parts of world. The Cultural Charter for Africa (1976), The Burra Charter (1979) and Nara Document on Authenticity (1994) are notable manifestations of such concerns. These debates are particularly vibrant in Asia today. This article highlights a number of charters, declarations and publications that have been conceived to recalibrate the international field of heritage governance in ways that address the perceived inadequacies of documents underpinning today’s global conservation movement, such as the 1964 Venice Charter. But as Venice has come to stand as a metonym for a ‘western’ conservation approach, intriguing questions arise concerning what is driving these assertions of geographic, national or civilisational difference in Asia. To address such questions, the article moves between a number of explanatory frameworks. It argues declarations about Asia’s culture, its landscapes, and its inherited pasts are, in fact, the combined manifestations of post-colonial subjectivities, a desire for prestige on the global stage of cultural heritage governance and the practical challenges of actually doing conservation in the region.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13527258.2012.736403
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio Economic Objective 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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