Lecture 5. Frictions: Preservation Between Citizen and Expert

This lecture discusses the tensions and frictions that arise when heritage infringes upon the life of those living in and with heritage sites. At the center stands the conflict between object-focused experts and the national government issuing the laws regulating preservation, and the local communities where preservation is enacted. In other words, as much as heritage can be a matter of national pride it can also be a source of conflict over ownership. Once again the question is: Whose heritage is preserved? The heritage of the state or the heritage of the people? The lecture presents three different case studies, each presenting not only different forms of conflict but also different types of heritage: the ancient city of Djenné in Mali, the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá in Mexico the cultural landscape of the Elbe Valley in Dresden, Germany.

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