2016: Nature & Culture: Heritage in Context
May 16-19, 2016, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
The dichotomy between nature and culture in heritage conservation has often seemed like an either/or proposition. But in recent years, heritage designations at the international, national, regional and local levels are beginning to reflect the fact that nature and culture are indivisible.
2015: Cultural Landscapes & Heritage Values
May 13-15, 2015, University of Massachusetts Amherst campus
Landscapes constitute a living heritage, reflecting the mutual influences of diverse groups of people and the equally varied places they inhabit. Like societies, landscapes are continually evolving, and their management demands that social and environmental change be understood and embraced.
2014: Heritage & Healthy Societies: Exploring the Links among Cultural Heritage, Environment, and Resilience
May 14-16, 2014, University of Massachusetts Amherst campus
Heritage and well-being are often seen as disparate concerns. When heritage is viewed as related to community wellbeing, its value is often reduced to economic development and tourism, rather than wellness on a larger scale. But how can the collective remaking of the past in the present play a role in imagining a more sustainable and healthy future?
2013: The Past For Sale? New Perspectives on the Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage
May 15-17, 2013, University of Massachusetts Amherst campus
What price in dollars or social value does heritage have in the 21st century? How is heritage marketed and sold in an
era of rampant globalization and neoliberalism?
2012: High-tech Heritage: How Are Digital Technologies Changing Our Views of the Past?
May 2-4, 2012, University of Massachusetts Amherst campus
While 3D visualizations, complex databases, interactive websites, social media, and Geographical Information Systems allow us to model, record, analyze, disseminate, map, and interpret information about cultural heritage, they are also profoundly transforming our views of the past.
2011: Why Does the Past Matter?
May 4-7, 2011, University of Massachusetts Amherst campus
Even as we preach the importance of the Past for education, contemporary identity, cultural creativity, and community development, we sometimes take its benefits for granted. This conference brought together a wide range of academics, public officials, heritage professionals, and community leaders to examine the practical value of the past.
2009: Heritage in Conflict and Consensus: New Approaches to the Social, Political, and Religious Impact of Public Heritage in the 21st Century, An International Workshop
November 9 to 13, 2009, University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
This five-day workshop offered global perspectives on selected themes of Heritage in Conflict and began to develop a long-term working group to formulate research and policy agendas for the future.