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Roundtables and public debates


Renaming, Removal, Recontextualization of Heritage: Purging History, Claiming the Present, Imagining the Future? (What Change-Role for Heritage Professionals?)

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By James Count Early

James Counts EarlyDirector, Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

James Counts Early has served in various positions at the Smithsonian since first coming on board in 1972 as a researcher in Brazil and the Caribbean for the African DiasporaFolklife Festival program. He has served as assistant provost for educational and cultural programs, assistant secretary for education and public service, and interim director of the Anacostia Community Museum. A long-time advocate for cultural diversity and equity issues in cultural and educational institutions, he focuses his research on participatory museology, cultural democracy statecraft policy, capitalist and socialist discourses in cultural policy, and Afro-Latin politics, history, and cultural democracy. He has curated several Folklife Festival programs, including South Africa: Crafting the Economic Renaissance of the Rainbow Nation (1999) and Sacred Sounds: Belief and Society (1997). James holds a B.A. in Spanish from Morehouse College and completed graduate work (A.B.D.) in Latin American and Caribbean history, with a minor in African and African American history, at Howard University.

Sunday June 5,    02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Museum of Fine Arts - Cummings Auditorium



Only in the future will it be heritage...

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By Xavier Greffe

Xavier GreffeProfessor in Economic Sciences, Paris 1 University Panthéon Sorbonne

Xavier Greffe is Professor of Economics at the University Paris I - Sorbonne where he manages the PhD program in Economics of Arts, and President of the French National commission on Artistic Employment. He is visiting professor at the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies, in Tokyo. Before he has been successively research Assistant in Los Angles (UCLA) and professor in Paris XIII, Algiers, and Paris I. For twelve years (1982-1994), he worked with the French administration, where he was Director of New Technologies in the Department of National Education, and Director of Training and Apprenticeship in the Department of Labour and Employment.  He is consultant at OECD, Unesco and Wipo. Recent books: Managing Our Cultural Heritage (Aryan Books, Delhi and London), Arts and Artists from an Economic Perspective (Unesco & Economica, 2006), French Cultural Policy (in Japanese), (Tokyo : Bookdom, 2006) Artistes et marchés (La documentation française, 2007) ; Culture Web : création, contenus et économie numérique (Dalloz, 2008) ; La politique culturelle en France (La documentation française, 2009) ; L’artiste-entreprise (Paris, Dalloz, 2012 ; forthcoming in English edition at Springer in 2005) ; Artistes et politiques (Economica,2013) ; Arte e mercado (Ilumi – Sao Paulo, 2013) ; La trace et le rhizome : Les mises en scène du patrimoine culturel (Presses Universitaires du Québec, 2014) ; City, Culture, Creativity and Cities (co-editor with Emiko Kakiuchi, Suiyo-Cha, Tokyo, 2015).


 Monday June 6,   03:30 PM to 05:00 PM

Concordia, John Molson School of Business Building (MB) - MB 1.210



Is Tangible to Intangible as Formal is to Informal ?

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By Michael Herzfeld

Malta by Paul Clough resizedErnest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University

Michael Herzfeld is Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, where has taught since 1991. He is also IIAS Visiting Professor of Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Leiden (and Senior Advisor to the Critical Heritage Studies Initiative of the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden); Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne; and Visiting Professor and Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) Scholar at Shanghai International Studies University (2015-17). The author of eleven books -- including Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-State (1997; 3rd edition, 2016), The Body Impolitic: Artisans and Artifice in the Global Hierarchy of Value (2004), Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome (2009), and Siege of the Spirits: Community and Polity in Bangkok (2016) -- and numerous articles and reviews, he has also produced two ethnographic films (Monti Moments [2007] and Roman Restaurant Rhythms [2011]). He has served as editor of American Ethnologist (1995-98) and is currently editor-at-large (responsible for “Polyglot Perspectives”) at Anthropological Quarterly. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several other journals, including International Journal of Heritage Studies, Anthropology Today, and South East Asia Research. An advocate for “engaged anthropology,” he has conducted research in Greece, Italy, and Thailand on, inter alia, the social and political impact of historic conservation and gentrification, the discourses and practices of crypto-colonialism, social poetics, the dynamics of nationalism and bureaucracy, and the ethnography of knowledge among artisans and intellectuals.

Saturday June 4,  06:00 PM to 07:30

UQAM, pavillon Judith-Jasmin (J) - Salle Alfred-Laliberté


What does heritage change ?

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By Lucie K. Morisset

LUCIE2Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage, Lucie K. Morisset is professor at the Urban and Touristic Studies Department of the School of Management, University of Quebec in Montreal.

An historian of architecture by training, she is interested in the the ideas and objects of urban planning, notably in company towns. She has been leading research on the morphogenesis and the semiogenesis of the built landscape and on the relations between identity and culture as they are manifested throughout the practices of heritage and the production of the heritage discourse, including action-research on heritage development and heritage empowerment in partnership with local communities.
 Lucie K. Morisset is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Saturday June 4,  09:00 Am to 10:00 AM

UQAM, pavillon Judith-Jasmin (J) - Salle Alfred-Laliberté


Small (ERA Architects Inc.)

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As Canada shifts from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, small communities that were established to service the primary sector are faced with a complex and unique set of challenges. They are communities built on a culture of hard work, resourcefulness, and creativity; their residents are now tasked with developing strategies to deal with a lack of employment, depopulation and resettlement.

Small is premised on the notion that leveraging the rich cultural heritage of these places is crucial to the transition from resource-based to creative economies. The program began in 2010 by focusing on Newfoundland’s historic outports, and has since helped communities across Canada identify and use their cultural heritage resources - tangible and intangible - to explore place-based opportunities for renewal.  

The experience of working with these small communities has generated a picture of what sustainable rural economies might be: tied to the landscape as a natural and cultural resource; reliant on traditional cultural practices to generate new investment and entrepreneurial activity; and attractive to new residents who resist conventional urban and suburban development.

Our hope is that small communities, as they transition from natural to cultural resources, will play a pivotal role in redefining Canada’s national cultural identity, as well as its future economic success.

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