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CHAPS Symposium: Heritage and the Visual Archive


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'Heritage and the Visual Archive'

The work of heritage is built significantly on visual archives, and heritage preservation practices both access and construct an archive of its own. But these images are virulent, and they intervene in every aspect of our public and disciplinary engagement with the world. Cultural heritage is an arena in which images are created, analyzed, and exchanged in order to craft political agendas. This symposium considers that our contact with heritage is heavily mediated by images, and as professionals our expertise relies significantly on visual analysis and narratives. Our contributors problematize the relationship between cultural heritage, preservation and the visual, to discuss historical trajectories, modes of expertise, political and disciplinary agendas and interventions of the visual archive. We will also look at how the critique of the visual archive may open new possibilities for a multi-sensorial engagement with cultural heritage.

Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program
Department of Art History, Rutgers University

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