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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CFP: World Heritage and National Registers in Perspective

From H-Material Culture:

Expanded Call for Papers:

6th Savannah Symposium: World Heritage and National Registers in Perspective

Due to requests to include sites and issues related to National Registries and the receipt of a Georgia Humanities Council grant, the Department of Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design has expanded its paper requests for its 6th biennial symposium, February 19-21, 2009. The Savannah Symposia were conceived as a forum for scholarly discourse about themes related to architecture and urbanism across historical periods, cultures and disciplines. The theme for the 2009 symposium is World Heritage and National Registers in Perspective.

The Sixth biennial Savannah Symposium invites papers that explore the architectural and spatial elements of cultural properties on the World Heritage and National Register lists and the many issues related to the creation, development and maintenance of these lists. Paper sessions will focus on the broader context of heritage designation as a significant factor in furthering the study of the built environment globally, nationally and locally. Potential questions that papers might take as their focus include: How are the criteria for designation made manifest in a building, site or city? How have contemporary or past national or international politics bolstered or interfered with a given site's application? How does National or World Heritage designation affect a site's growth and change over time? What are the positive and negative consequences of World Heritage or National Register designation for the study and preservation of the built environment? How are the national rights of sovereign states balanced against those of the international community in the context of World Heritage sites, and how is this balance negotiated within the differing member states? Likewise, how are the rights of individuals balanced against those of the national community in the context of National Registers, and how is this balance negotiated at the National, state/provincial and local levels? What is the impact of global tourism on World Heritage and National Register sites?

The symposium will be highlighted by three keynote speakers: Zahi Hawass, renowned Egyptologist and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt; Ronald Lewcock, international conservator and professor at the University of Queensland; and Harold Kalman, prominent Canadian architectural historian and member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Papers are invited from scholars and practitioners in, but not limited to, architecture, architectural history, urban history, planning, historic preservation, landscape design, art history, geography, archaeology, cultural history, sociology, political science and anthropology.

How to Participate: Send one-page abstracts and curriculum vitae to Thomas Gensheimer ( ) or Celeste Lovette Guichard ( ), Department of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art and Design, P.O. Box 3146, Savannah, GA 31402-3146. Electronic submissions are preferred.

Extended Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2008

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