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Heritage and Climate Change Relations: Loss, Adaptation and Creativity

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David Charles Harvey - Lecturer

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Abstract:
This paper offers a review of the critical intersections between heritage and climate change debates, pointing towards existential, methodological, intellectual and contextual commonalities in order to chart a way forward that involves a collaborative conversation. Climate change has huge significance for heritage studies, as sites, objects and ways of life come under threat, or require management or adaptation. But heritage is also key to examining the significance of climate change; notions (and images) of the past are crucial to our understanding of the present, and are used to prompt actions required for a desired and sustainable future. Rather than perceiving them as mere ‘products’ and ‘physical outcomes’, therefore, this paper emphasises a processual understanding of both heritage and climate change, thereby making a creative space in which discussion of loss, ephemerality, transition and movement can occur. The paper thus seeks to cultivate a new intellectual territory, offering a set of theoretical and practical guidelines for how we should understand, represent and manage the heritage-climate change relationship.
30 Jan 2020

External organisation (Academic)

NameVrije Universiteit Amsterdam
CityAmsterdam
Country/TerritoryNetherlands

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