Representations of Migration, Articulations of Heritage and Belonging

Khanna, Ritika, Olson, A. Elliot and Heimrate, Mare (2018) Representations of Migration, Articulations of Heritage and Belonging. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

As migration continues to expand internationally, modern studies of cultural heritage must increasingly include analysis of migrant experiences and identities. Keeping in mind the fact that the ‘right to a sense of belonging’ for all citizens is a crucial component in sustainable urban development, we explore the challenges migrants face to maintain their unique identities while also integrating with conventional representations of national and community narratives. Our paper discusses the importance of including migration as a critical component of heritage understanding, and how museums as institutions open to the public play a pivotal role in interpreting the intersect of migration and heritage. Engaging the work of Stuart Hall as our theoretical framework, we elaborate by analysing three sites demonstrating strategies for museums to increase migrant participation in heritage discourses: the Holocaust Museum in Milan, Contemporary Art Museum in Vienna, and ongoing Multaqa project at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. We conclude by proposing how heritage locations including museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites can improve representations of migrant identities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Khanna, Ritika
Olson, A. Elliot
Heimrate, Mare
Languages: English
Keywords: equity; participation; equity; community; migration; identity; heritage; Stuart Hall; museum; UNESCO
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 15. Human settlements
N.ANTHROPOLOGY > 03. Ethnology
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 08:51
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 11:15
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