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Heritage-Landscapes and the Nation: Hidden Stories and Alternative Narratives

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David Charles Harvey - Lecturer

Concepts of heritage and landscape usually go together in a mutually supporting manner. Particularly when associated with narratives of the nation, therefore, heritage-landscapes seem to answer questions. Moving beyond perceiving them as mere products or physical artefacts to be ‘preserved’, this paper considers the consequences of thinking processually about both landscapes and heritage. Focussing on the ‘national landscape’ of Exmoor National Park, in the SW on Britain, this paper examines how alternative and hidden narratives can disrupt taken-for-granted ideas of nationhood. Through reflecting in particular on the experience of walking across a small stone bridge within the National Park, which keeps being washed away, the paper opens up a creative space of heritage landscaping, in which haptic experience, ephemerality and movement provide a productive possibility of a more radical heritage tradition. The paper, therefore, raises questions about the work that heritage and landscape does – and can do – specifically in terms of the conceptualisation of temporality, issues of authenticity and activist politics.
6 Oct 20227 Oct 2022

Event (Conference)

TitleCritical Heritage Studies: Central European Perspectives
LocationInstitute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
Degree of recognitionInternational event

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