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The conference What does heritage change? is an initiative of the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage at the School of Management of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), in partnership with Concordia University and its Centre for Oral history and digital storytelling.

Located in the largest city of the province of Quebec, second in Canada and eighth in North America, the University of Quebec in Montreal, also called “UQAM”, is one of the five major universities of Montreal. Host to approximately 40,000 students, UQAM is renowned for its research in social issues and its innovations in the creative arts. Equal in size to UQAM and sometimes called its « sister university », Concordia University is also committed to innovation and excellence in research, creative activity and community partnerships. It dares to be different and draws on its diversity to strengthen society and enrich its urban environment.

At UQAM, located in its School of Management, the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage which is organizing the 2016 ACHS Conference follows this path of enquiry into the social and public issues of urban phenomena, both in historical and contemporary perspectives, to promote the study and to understand heritage beyond elite narratives or crises of change, and to learn to co-manage heritage as a collective tool toward community development. The CRC on Urban Heritage at UQAM is being supported by the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, an interdisciplinary research unit of Concordia dedicated to the critical and creative engagement with living memory and place-based storytelling.

The organizers of the third conference hope to enrich scientific discussions, promote the discovery of Montreal's urban and cultural environment and its particular challenges in the field of heritage, and  support new partnership in research and training. The four days of the conference will include numerous activities of inquiry and dialog in various areas linked to critical heritage studies, as architecture, urban planning, gastronomy, music, cinema, etc.   

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