domingo, 1 de fevereiro de 2009

Cultural Heritage and the Working Class


Title: Cultural Heritage and the Working Class

Class is not dead! Many people are actively using working class heritage as
a resource to reflect on the past, reassess the present, and plan for the
future. At the beginning of the 21st century there is a growing tendency
for the heritage of working class people to be interpreted and presented to
the public in museums and heritage sites. Working class communities and
organizations are also playing an active role in creating a memory of their
own past. In this proposed volume we aim to theorize and document this
phenomenon as an under-represented form of cultural heritage.

Drawing on new scholarship in heritage studies, social memory, the public
history of labour, and new working class studies, this volume will
highlight the heritage of working people, communities and organizations. We
particularly urge community and labour movement activists, and scholars
committed to civic engagement who are working closely with working class
communities or organizations, to submit abstracts.

Studies for this volume can include interpretation of working class
communities, working life, industrial heritage or working class culture.
Museums and other forms of formal and informal presentation of the working
class, as well as places to remember and celebrate the labour movement, are
also important topics. Articles dealing with intangible forms of labour
heritage including music, art, skills, workplace experiences, oral
histories, celebrations and festivals are encouraged. We particularly
welcome contributions from those - be they academics, trade unionists or
working class community activists - who explicitly mount challenges to the
received wisdom of the representation of 'heritage' as belonging to the
elite, and who foreground working class experience and self-representation.
Articles that can place these themes in explicit comparative and
international perspective are also most welcome.

Word length: 5000-6000 inclusive of bibliography.

The Editors of the volume are Laurajane Smith and Gary Campbell (University
of York, UK: and Paul Shackel (University of Maryland US: The volume has an advanced contract from Routledge
as part of their new Key Issues in Cultural Heritage series
which is under the General Editorship of William Logan and Laurajane Smith,
and is publishing cutting edge and innovative work in heritage studies.

Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent for consideration,
together with a 50 word biography, by March 31st to: with
the view to producing first drafts of papers by the end of September 2009.
Note submissions will be subject to peer review.

Source: WAC mailing list

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