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The Heritage Collaborative sponsored an Oral History Workshop and Panel Discussion on Friday, March 28, 2014.

As a multi-disciplinary field, heritage studies draws upon disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, historic preservation, cultural studies, tourism studies, planning and more. Recently, scholars and practitioners have opened a dialogue about ways to identify, interpret, and conserve a broader range of heritage resources, and the field is beginning to investigate manifestations of heritage that are neither static, fixed, or contiguous.

Following on the connections made in 2009-2010’s Locating Heritage Collaborative, the Teaching Heritage Collaborative seeks to investigate the prospects and possibilities of a more formalized program of research and education drawing upon the diverse voices about heritage at the University. Heritage is a term which has come to encompass the objects/subjects of study, protection, preservation and education across a wide range of disciplines. Until relatively recently, topics as diverse as landscapes, histories, folk art, archaeological remains, archives, architecture and the built environment, natural environment, languages, and traditional cultural practices were studied and protected by specialized practitioners and communities. Scholars in those fields now recognize the significant elision or interdigitation of concepts previously approached as distinct realms, like culture and nature, social memory and history, past and present.

Conveners: Katherine Hayes, Anthropology (CLA); Greg Donofrio, Architecture (CDes); Phyllis Messenger (IAS); Anduin Wilhide, History (CLA); Kevin Murphy History (CLA)

Past Events

Teaching Heritage

April 10, 2012
Non-governmental Memory: The Socialist Monument in Post-(Socialist) Yugoslavia

Andrew Herscher is Assistant Professor, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Department of Art History, University of Michigan.

March 28, 2012
Will There be a Heritage Conservation Field in 50 Years? 
Randall Mason is a Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

February 7, 2012
Why Does the Past Matter? Towards a Social Science of the Past
Elizabeth Chilton is a professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Heritage and Society at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

October 25, 2011
A Guantánamo Site of Conscience? Remembering “Gitmo” long before—and long after—9-11
Liz Ševčenko is Director of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project at Columbia University.

Locating Heritage

April 14, 2010
Jewish Heritage in Spain: Controversies over Reclaiming Medieval Jewish Sites
Javier Castaño, senior researcher from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Madrid), is a leading scholar of the history of the Jews of Spain.

April 12, 2010
Spatializing Culture: Moore Street Market and Embodied Space in the City
Setha Low is a professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Public Space Research Group at the Center for Human Environments, City University of New York Graduate Center. Prof. Low argues that it is through embodied space that the global is integrated into the spaces of everyday urban life where attachment, emotions, and morality come into play.

October 5, 2009
What Can History Do?
Historian and social activist Ruth J. Abram gives a personal account of why and how she founded the Lower East Side Tenement Museum located in Manhattan.