Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS)
The Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) is a network of scholars and researchers working in the broad and interdisciplinary field of heritage studies. Its primary aim is to promote heritage as an area of critical enquiry. To this end, the Association works to promote dialogue and networking between researchers from different fields and disciplinary backgrounds and between researchers, practitioners and activists.
The Associaion of Critical Heritage Studies was officially established with the inaugural conference Re/theorising heritage, hosted by the University of Gothenburg in June, 2012. ACHS hosts biannual conferences and is supported by the International Journal of Heritage Studies.
ACHS and CCHS - intertwined histories
ACHS was formed in the early 2010's via conversations and meetings between academics based in Australia, Sweden and the UK. In it's initial phase of development it received support from the University of Gothenburg (via CHS - former CCHS) and the Australian National University. It has also received ongoing support from the International Journal of Heritage Studies.
To initiate debate and dialogue about the Association's aims and scope of interest, a preliminary manifesto was produced for the 2012 conference held at the University of Gothenburg.
Initially the website for ACHS was run by Critical Heritage Studies in Gothenburg (2013-2015). In 2015 ACHS launched a new website including a newly designed membership database, with improved search facilities and member profiling.
Visit the ACHS website, select Get Involved and then Become a Member from the top navigation menu.