Managing University Cultural Heritage: subverting gaps and founding equality

Felipe Torres, Claudia and Yaisy Zulueta Morciego, Belkis (2018) Managing University Cultural Heritage: subverting gaps and founding equality. 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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Often defined as the belief of equality and freedom between people, Democracy may establish a fruitful alliance with Cultural Heritage Management in achieving its deepest and more authentic goals. Democracy founded on unequal access to education and culture, both considered as basic human rights, will be always feeble and incomplete. This paper explores, from a theoretical approach but also by examining cases of study, how Heritage Management at Universities may tribute to undermine traditional social gaps deeply rooted in contemporary society. Cuba is considered one of the countries with highest rate of University students and graduates in Latin America, but recent studies have highlighted that achievement may be closely linked to race, social origin and gender in Cuban Higher Education Institutions. Actually, these reports have described Cuban University, specially the University of Havana as a “White University”, considering the supremacy of white students in its classrooms. The feeling of disbelief in what concerns to success in Higher Education studies, confirmed in surveys applied to High School students by the University Cultural Heritage Unit, is even more intense in the case of the University of Havana, because it is the oldest and most prestigious Cuban University, and its urban and architectural image is exceptionally impacting: more than 70 percent of the students interviewed in a High School located in the same neighbourhood of the University have never visited the campus. The University Cultural Heritage Unit, founded in 2010, has reinforced the Institution’s social commitment by approaching adolescents, family members and community through Schools, collections, museums, laboratories, and also to students and professors inspirational experiences. Cultural Heritage management has been focused on presenting a welcoming, open and social inclusive Institution as a result of a strategy based on updated interpretation programs, guided tours, conferences, and social media campaigns.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Felipe Torres, Claudia
Yaisy Zulueta Morciego, Belkis
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural heritage; management; university; theory; Cuba; education; race gap; gender gap; community; inclusive
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
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: 23 Nov 2018 15:47
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 10:56
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