Dynamic and Migrating Landscapes: Re-visioning Heritage Conservation

12th Annual Heritage Conservation Symposium
Hosted by the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University

Illustrated by: Remy Godzisz

Illustrated by: Remy Godzisz

“Dynamic and Migrating Landscapes: Re-visioning Heritage Conservation” is a one day event that aims to erode the dichotomies of tangible/intangible and cultural/natural heritage as well as give space to new perspectives, existing practices and inspiring new models in cultural landscape conservation.

As changes to lands and peoples accelerate, it becomes increasingly urgent to consider formerly disregarded identities or unidentified voices. Transformations, resulting from climate change, tourism development, and war, necessitate an expansion of the term ‘landscape’ to include ‘memoryscapes’, ‘materialscapes’, ‘identityscapes’, and ‘meaningscapes’.  Increasingly, values-based heritage designation systems appear inadequate in addressing the needs of communities living in and moving through contested landscapes. Therefore, this year’s Symposium calls for a rethinking of heritage conservation values to be inclusive of dynamic and migrating lands and peoples.

In order to foster lively dialogue, we invite submissions looking at both historical and contemporary contexts from any discipline and in any medium.
Suggested themes:
Communities of Migration/Immigration & Memory

  • How do migrating lands, structures, and peoples broaden our understanding of community histories?
  • How might personal or collective memory be recorded, and can it inform the ways landscapes are interpreted?

Climate/Environmental Change in Landscapes

  • How are peoples and/or lands being impacted by climate and/or environmental change?
  • How can arts-based practices stimulate creative conservation approaches for landscapes impacted by climate/environmental changes?

Cultural Plurality in Landscape Conservation

  • How can heritage address the plurality and multi-faceted nature of existing landscapes?
  • How might multiple perspectives come together and create new contextual landscapes?

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions should include a current CV and an abstract describing the proposed paper, performance or artwork (maximum 300 words).

For artworks and performances, please include links to video documentation and/or a maximum of 5 images.

 Please send submissions to: carletonheritagesymposium@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 27th, 2017

*The symposium will take place on April 22nd, 2017 at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, in Ottawa