Heritage Intersections: People and Placemaking

14th Annual Graduate Student Heritage Conservation Symposium

Carleton University School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies

April 27, 2019, Ottawa, Ontario


“Recognizing that the spirit of place is made up of tangible as well as intangible elements which all significantly contribute to making place and giving it spirit, we declare that intangible cultural heritage gives a richer and more complete meaning to heritage as a whole, and it must be taken into account in all legislation concerning cultural heritage, and in all conservation and restoration projects for monuments, sites, landscapes, routes and collections of objects.” Quebec Declaration of the Spirit of Place, ICOMOS (2008)

The goal of the 2019 Carleton University Heritage Conservation Symposium is to share original research, case studies, design projects and, other forms of creative production of, and reflections upon, tangible and intangible heritage, which examine cross disciplinary and alternative approaches and give, “a richer and more complete meaning to heritage as a whole.” They are looking for submissions that help explore fruitful areas of intersection. Throughout the one-day symposium, participants will gain insight into diverse conceptualizations of heritage and distinct ways of understanding historic places, and discover processes for intervening on and preserving the built environment and cultural landscapes. Building upon the questions of “participation, process and praxis” examined at last year’s symposium, this year’s edition wishes to interrogate how heritage and conservation practices facilitate, and respond to, processes of placemaking.

The Carleton University Heritage Conservation Symposium is a one-day event run by graduate students in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. The event aims to bring together students, academics and professionals in critical discussion on heritage- and conservation-related issues and questions.