Working with past and present for a common future
Time implies processes of decay, destruction and forgetting. Heritage is often considered as the preservation of objects, places and practices that are valuable and at risk, yet we can also think of it as a series of practices situated in present society, engaging with the past and with a common future. The following two events present alternative ways of thinking about heritage. They link up with the research of critical heritage scholar and archaeologist Rodney Harrison, Professor of Heritage Studies at University College London and Director of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures Research Programme.
How does uncertainty about the deep future and the transformation of values affect heritage practice? How do institutions and people in their homes decide what to buy and what to keep faced with mass production and consumption? How is diversity being preserved – or produced – in the domains of biology, culture, genetics and language, and what happens if these domains merge? "Forever is a luxury brand evoking quality" is a quote from the Heritage-Futures.org research site. Let's take it from there.
13/02/2017 - Salon with Rodney Harrison/UCL, Lionel Devlieger/Rotor and Isabelle Stengers/ULB
14/02/2017 - Public Lecture with Rodney Harrison, introduction by Marc Jacobs/VUB
A collaboration of the Casterman-Hamers Chair of History and Philosophy of Sciences, BOZAR and VUB Department of history, archaeology and arts, philosophy and ethics (HARP).