Special Issue "Conflict Heritage of the Recent Past: A Global Perspective"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

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Prof. Dr. Dirk H.R. Spennemann
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Interests: conservation management; urban ecosystems; Pacific history; novel ecosystems; Indian diaspora; heritage and disasters; covid-19; historic ecology; environmental history; intangible heritage; cultural heritage planning; heritage policy; adaptive reuse
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Dear Colleagues,

The in the past few years the heritage and archaeology of World War I and World War II has received a great deal of attention with the documentation and investigation of battle fields, military installations, ship- and aircraft wrecks. The global  nature of  both wars, as well as the ubiquity of sites and objects associated with these events had lend itself to a plethora of investigations carried out by researchers from many countries. But conflict heritage, of course, is not limited to these periods. It ranges from antiquity throughout history to the present.

While World War I had been touted as ‘the war that ends all wars,’ the conclusion of World War II made no such claims. Indeed, armed conflict continued on almost all continents: Cuba, Angola, the Falklands, Korea, Vietnam, India-Pakistan, Palestine, Iraq. The list continues. Aside from ‘hot wars’, there was the Cold War, with all its manifestations from the Berlin Wall to the delivery mechanisms of mutually assured annihilation.  And while armed conflict was initially the prerogative of nation states, the second part of the twentieth century has seen extensive evidence for guerrilla warfare, insurgencies and terrorism. Beyond this, there were instances of civil unrest, such as the urban riots following the deaths of Rodney King and most recently George Floyd. On a local level, warring factions were separated by walls, be it Belfast or Gaza.

The heritage of late twentieth century conflict extends well beyond the sites and objects associated with the pursuits of military and military-style operations. Cultural heritage sites themselves came under attack due to ideological differences between the originators of that heritage and the perpetrators of destruction.

The aim of this special issue to provide a  truly global perspective on the conflict heritage of the recent past.  This issue particularly would like to see papers that consider one or more of the following aspects:

  • Documenting and managing sites / battlefields /landscapes with post World War II military campaigns
  • Documenting and managing sites and landscapes associated with the Cold War
  • Managing and interpreting the heritage of Guerrila warfare
  • Examples of ideologically-motivated destruction of cultural heritage
  • Managing and interpreting the heritage of Domestic and International terrorism
  • Managing and interpreting the heritage of urban unrest
  • Managing and interpreting ethnic cleansing
  • Managing and interpreting mass graves

Prof. Dr. Dirk H.R. Spennemann
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Revisiting the Conditions of Authenticity for Built Heritage in Areas of Conflict
Heritage 2021, 4(2), 811-827; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage4020045 - 17 May 2021
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This article examines the application of conditions of authenticity within the context of built heritage management in areas of political conflict, where heritage management can be seen as a political act rather than a means of protection. It focuses on values attributed to [...] Read more.
This article examines the application of conditions of authenticity within the context of built heritage management in areas of political conflict, where heritage management can be seen as a political act rather than a means of protection. It focuses on values attributed to built heritage that can be targeted or reinvented by the dominant power in areas of conflict with minorities being powerless to intervene. The argument is built around the Agios Synesios Church in North Cyprus, which continued to be used by the Greek Cypriot minority following the island division in 1974. Although their way of life has been compromised, they have embraced forced change through using the church to maintain their ritual and religious practices; by doing so, they negotiate their values towards their heritage. In this case, the study shows that the conditions of authenticity are difficult to meet, given the means through which heritage management can be manipulated. Accordingly, the article aims to contribute to general discussions on the vagueness and enigmatic conditions of authenticity in areas of conflict. Different buildings in areas of conflict around the world suffer because of the political nature of heritage management, which makes the criteria of authenticity unviable. Full article
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