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Heritage interpretation, conflict and reconciliation in East Asia: global issues in microcosm

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posted on 2022-01-13, 00:00 authored by William LoganWilliam Logan
PurposeDespite being the intellectual foundation on which the notion of heritage is built and a critical element in all programmes aimed at heritage protection, interpretation as a concept and practice is not well understood or used.Design/methodology/approachThe paper explores the reasons for and consequences of heritage interpretation as a concept and practice not being well understood using case studies within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage arena in East Asia.FindingsThe paper shows how heritage interpretation impacts both positively and negatively on nation-building within states and the shaping of international relations between states. It identifies heritage interpretation approaches that might help to achieve reconciliation between peoples recently engaged in international conflicts. These concerns are not confined to East Asia but apply across the world.Originality/valueThe discussion draws together the three principal forms of heritage in UNESCO's global project: heritage places, protected under the World Heritage Convention; living or embodied heritage, safeguarded under the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and documentary heritage preserved under the Memory of the World Program. Suggestions are made as to how the organizations and agencies charged with heritage protection should and could modify their interpretation policies and procedures to help remediate existing negative impacts and avoid creating new tensions in future.

History

Journal

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

Volume

12

Pagination

5-18

Location

Bingley, Eng.

ISSN

2044-1266

eISSN

2044-1274

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

Emerald