Handbook of Heritage Law and Discourse

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CFP: Handbook of Heritage Law and Discourse

Handbook of Heritage Law and
A Triadic Dimension: Protection,
Regulation and Identity 
Editors: Le Cheng and Anne Wagner
The past four decades has witnessed
the remarkable extension of enthusiasm in cultural heritage or property from
the perspective of international laws, or international legal framework as the
multilevel legal instruments for safeguarding, protection and maintenance of
cultural heritage, property, or rights. In our project, the identification of
“Heritage” employs specific discourses, codes, transcending values, and images
that conceal assumption about members of a people comprising a people within a
nation. Heritage narrates constructions of belongings that become tethered to
negotiations for power and resistance over time and throughout a people’s
history leading to powerful discursive narratives. While such likeness may be
preserved, conserved or even perpetuated, the idea of “Heritage” may be
socially, politically, culturally, and historically contested to reveal
competing pasts, presents, and futures, esp. with innovation in arts leading to
new social norms and identities.
Besides, the visual decoding of
heritage is evocative and ideologically representative with meanings that
prescribe a story of Protection, Regulation and Identity, since these meanings
are subject to multiple interpretations and reinterpretations related to
Rights, among the integrity of heritage right and human rights, and the
integrated framework of right in rem and right in personae. Yet, through
semiotic accumulation, evolution and confrontation, there may be different
interdisciplinary paths leading to different truths, to tensions (contestation
and/or negotiation), and applications of significance. We should then
investigate these transmitted values, discourses over time and space. 
We should therefore investigate
these transmitted values under various perspectives (amongst others but not
to transmit Heritage and which values are being transmitted?
are the narratives created?
there a social stratification in transmitting, preserving and conserving
are the cognitive and symbolic aspects of Heritage through different temporal
parameters? Is there a shift in cultural and/or collective meaning from one
space to another? 
is the relationship between law and “heritage” (tangible or intangible
elements) in visual representations?
is the shared collective and/or cultural memory beyond this visual
Heritage is connected to the preservation and conservation of a people’s
Heritage is interpreted within legal settings or international legal framework
from temporality and spatiality?
are the interactions between cultural heritage and human rights within the
diversity and tolerance within socio-legal contexts?
Considering the complexity and
diversity in the building of a common memory or discourse community through
tangible and intangible cultural heritage, we would suggest our contributors
interrogate the complex sign system of a particular country or region and their
meanings attentive to a complex configuration of historical, social and
cultural conditions that shift over time and space.
Keywords: Heritage, Sign System,
Law, Discourse Narratives, Conservation, Preservation.
Editors: Le Cheng & Anne


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