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Approaching human rights at the World heritage committee: Capturing situated conversations, complexity, and dynamism in global heritage processes

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Buckley, Kristal
Published in International Journal of Cultural Property. 2018, vol. 25, no. 01, p. 85-110
Abstract Social scientists are increasingly approaching the World Heritage Committee itself as an entry-point to understanding global heritage processes and phenomena. This article explores the subject of human rights in the operations of the World Heritage Committee—the decision-making body established by the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention. It seeks to address the epistemological and methodological implications of approaching the World Heritage Committee as a point of departure for understanding global heritage and rights dynamics. It builds on an “event ethnography” undertaken by the authors to understand how rights discourse appeared in multiple contexts during the Thirty-Ninth World Heritage Committee session held in Bonn, Germany, in June 2015. In this article, we discuss the methodological and ontological implications of studying rights discourses in the context of World Heritage events and processes. We have a particular interest in the interplay of formal and informal dynamics, revealing the entangled and multi-sited processes that shape and are shaped by the annual event. While much of the debate and analysis in heritage studies is understandably concerned with formal decision-making processes and position-taking, this work demonstrates the significance of a range of informal dynamics in appreciating future possibilities.
Keywords HeritageWorld heritageHuman rightsAnthropology
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LARSEN, Peter Bille, BUCKLEY, Kristal. Approaching human rights at the World heritage committee: Capturing situated conversations, complexity, and dynamism in global heritage processes. In: International Journal of Cultural Property, 2018, vol. 25, n° 01, p. 85-110. doi: 10.1017/S0940739118000048 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:109226

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