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Heritage Futures

Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices

Distributed for UCL Press

Heritage Futures

Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices

Preservation of natural and cultural heritage is often said to be something that is done for the future, or on behalf of future generations, but the precise relationship of such practices to the future is rarely reflected upon. Heritage Futures draws on research undertaken over four years by an interdisciplinary, international team of sixteen researchers and more than twenty-five partner organizations to explore the role of heritage and heritage-like practices in building future worlds. Engaging broad themes such as diversity, transformation, profusion and uncertainty, Heritage Futures aims to understand how a range of conservation and preservation practices across a number of countries assemble and resource different kinds of futures, and the possibilities that emerge from such collaborative research for alternative approaches to heritage in the Anthropocene. Case studies include the cryopreservation of endangered DNA in frozen zoos, nuclear waste management, seed biobanking, landscape rewilding, social history collecting, space messaging, endangered language documentation, built and natural heritage management, household keeping and discarding practices, and world heritage site management.
 

520 pages | 188 color plates | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4

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Table of Contents

Part I Heritage Futures 1. “For ever, for everyone…” 2. Heritage as future making practices Part II Diversity 3. Conserving Diversity 4. Diverse fields: Ex-situ collecting practices 5. Repositories 6. Banking time: Trading in Futures 7. Proxies 8. Towards the Total Archive  9. THE 100,000 YEAR QUESTION Part III Profusion 10. Too many things to keep for the future? 11. Curating museum profusion 12. Let’s talk! 13. Curating domestic profusion 14. The Human Bower 15. Doomed? 16. Techniques of Worlding Part IV Uncertainty 17. Uncertain Futures 18. A Shepherd’s Futures 19. Toxic Heritage 20. Micro messaging/Space messaging 21. The One Million Year Time Capsule 22. Uncertainty, Collaboration and Sustainability 23. Transforming Loss Part V Transformation 24. Living with Transformation 25. Fixing NatureCultures 26. Sensitive Chaos 27. Signifying Transformation 28. Processing Change Part VI Future Heritages 29. Discussion and Conclusion References Index

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