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Understanding the tensions in place – conflict and conservation in Kashmir

Panjabi, Shalini and Winter, Tim 2009, Understanding the tensions in place – conflict and conservation in Kashmir, Historic Environment, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 19-25.

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Title Understanding the tensions in place – conflict and conservation in Kashmir
Author(s) Panjabi, Shalini
Winter, Tim
Journal name Historic Environment
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 25
Total pages 7
Publisher Australian ICOMOS
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 0726-6715
Summary The ongoing evolution of the global heritage movement has been marked by a move away from fabric-centred understandings of heritage, towards a language of ‘place’, ‘values’ and ‘stakeholders’. Recent initiatives like the ‘Vienna Memorandum on Historic Urban Landscapes’ and the ‘Seoul Declaration on Heritage and the Metropolis in Asia and the Pacific’ represent important steps in such directions for managing the heritage of urban environments. This paper examines these developments in the context of Srinagar, the capital city of Indian administered Kashmir. With the conflict in the region enduring for more than fifteen years, the city - regarded as one of the most important pre-modern urban landscapes in South Asia - has suffered extensive physical damage. Nonetheless, the city remains the cultural and political heart of a wider collective identity rooted in the Kashmir Valley. As such, Srinagar presents a rich example of a city that would strongly benefit from the insights gained from Seoul and Vienna; an approach that recognises how a sense of ‘place’ arises through an intimate dialogue between the built environment and the socio-cultural context within which it sits. However, as we shall see, a framework oriented around ‘values’ and ‘context’ opens up unfamiliar and difficult questions and challenges. If a city like Srinagar is to be discussed in more holistic, less fabric-based terms, the interfaces between heritage and its wider social values, such as cultural sovereignty, multi-culturalism or democracy require far greater attention than they have received to date.
Language eng
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
Copyright notice ©2009, Australian ICOMOS
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