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Heritage Studies

Stories in the Making

Editor(s): Meghan Bowe
Contributors: Maria Kagiodaki, Ann Inscker, Jamie Hampson, Charlotte Andrews, MLS Sorensen, Britt Baillie, Shadra Taha;

Book Description

In recent years, heritage has grown by leaps and bounds, beyond the reach of the conservation of monuments and into the realms of economic growth, community development and human rights. But how have shifts in the meaning of “heritage” changed its study? And how will heritage continue to evolve in the future? Heritage Studies: Stories in the Making, an edited collection developed from a conference at the McDonald Institute of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, attempts to respond to these questions by charting developing trends over decades of heritage scholarship. This volume presents a snapshot of the field today, addressing the influence of new thinking on heritage, and its current and future trajectories. Should heritage be viewed as a “resource” to be cashed in on, or a “tool” for political engagement and representation? Or should heritage be seen as it first was, as the significant remains of the past? At a turning point in the study of heritage, this volume explores the complex ways in which we use the past to construct meaning in the present. Above all, Heritage Studies: Stories in the Making aims to arm readers—theoretically and methodologically—to participate in the much needed debates facing the heritage world today.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4865-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4865-4
Date of Publication: 01/08/2013
Pages / Size: 190 / A5
Price: £39.99


Meghan Bowe is a PhD student in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Her research examines post-conflict reconstruction and cultural heritage. Meghan was co-coordinator of the Heritage Research Group Cambridge and editor of the Cambridge Heritage Bulletin.

Bianca Carpeneti earned her BA in Archaeology and Classics at Stanford University, where she subsequently worked with the REVS Program, researching 20th-century automotive history. She was a 2011 Gates Cambridge scholar, during which time she completed an MPhil in Archaeology. She is currently teaching and volunteering at the Alaska State Museum.

Ian Dull is an independent researcher based in Paris, where he also works with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. His research focuses on the relationships of modernist architecture to heritage and modernity, and its re-interpretation post-genocide in Cambodia. Previously, he studied at the University of Cambridge, and worked as an architectural researcher and conservator.

Jessie Lipkowitz is an independent researcher focusing on the intersection of Heritage, Archaeology and Law. After completing her MPhil in Archaeology she was a graduate student instructor and researcher for the University of Michigan. She currently works for both her Alma Maters, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan, and volunteers for the Detroit Institute of Arts.