he theme for this section is to inspire our thinking around cities in the light of their palimpsest character and the possibilities it offers as places and spaces of engagement. Indeed, urban heritage confronts scholars and policy makers alike with a number of questions and dilemmas about how to deal with tangible-and-intangible aspects of the existing city fabric. This theme aims to explore how heritage practitioners and heritage practice ‘curate’ the past, present and future of cities, in terms of defining, preserving and mediating urban heritage in a broad sense. This entails negotiation over aesthetic regimes, intervention in planning, as well as proactive measures in order to understand, develop and conceptualize the urban heritage landscape. It also entails promoting dialogue and participation, navigating the threshold between multiple institutional and non-institutional actors, such as grassroots movements, NGOs, private entrepreneurs and various official bodies.
The cluster leaders Henric Benesch and Ingrid Martins Holmberg were moderating the theme and taking part in the book release panel. Invited as presenters were:
Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, Prof. Dr. phil, Technical University of Berlin. Gabi, who is professor in Urban Heritage preservation at the SRI, Berlin, has a fascinating solid career as a former head of heritage documentation of the City of Berlin after the removal of the wall. She is also a scholar of the Getty Conservation Institute. Her talk on “Urban collections and redistributions” will illustrate the complex interrelationship of objects and location in the context of urban museums. http://www.dolff-bonekaemper.de/ Video Dolff-Bonekämper
Astrid Swenson, Senior Lecturer Brunel University London. Astrid’s research focuses on understanding cultural heritage historically and transnationally. Most of her writing centres on nineteenth and twentieth century Europe, but some has a more contemporary and more global focus. Fundamentally, she is interested in how individuals and societies relate to the past, how knowledge moves across cultures and how locality and globality relate. She is a fellow of the University of Cambridge and has, since 2010, co-direct an international project on ‘Border of Heritage’, hosted at the EHESS in Paris. https://brunel.academia.edu/AstridSwenson. Here, she will give her talk on an emerging field of research, “Curating the Senses”, which is a fascinating and thrilling re-reading of some of the preservation classics. Video Swenson
Heritage as commons – Commons as heritage: Henric Benesch, Christine Hansen, Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Pascal Prosek and Linda Shamma. This book release panel gathered a few of the many enthusiastic authors, editors and designers of a book that, per se, mirrors the mode in which it came into being: commoning, rich perspectives, and not at least the sensitive seminar format that could give birth to new ways of combining ideas about and perspectives on heritage. Under the limber moderating by Ola Wetterberg, the panel developed into a nicely tuned conversation, to be continued. Video Talk on Heritage as commons – Commons as heritage