Beyond World Heritage: From Governments to Governance

Beyond World Heritage: From Governments to Governance

Thursday, September 14, 2017

12:30 PM

Nevil Classroom, Penn Museum

Brown Bag Lecture - Please Bring a Lunch

Cultural heritage politics and practice increasingly extend beyond national borders. The international system—exemplified by UNESCO’s framework of charters and lists—tends to dominate academic discussions on global heritage. However, the UNESCO system is quite powerless and ineffective, and fails to address some of the greatest challenges of our time such as climate change. Filling the void are transnational heritage actors and practices that are simultaneously mapping out new frontiers in heritage governance. Dr. Lafrenz-Samuels will illustrate the role of transnational heritage governance at work through three case studies in the areas of climate change, democratic practice, and human rights. Further, in each case Dr. Lafrenz-Samuels examines strategies of resistance and subversion that complicate the top-down, “authorized” nature often ascribed to heritage and its management.

All events are sponsored, in part, by the PoGo Family Foundation.