Call for papers: Architecture/Heritage/Politics for Fabrications
JSAHANZ (Stuart King)
DATE: 25/9/2017
"The spaces of normative cultures dominate the heritage arena suppressing or marginalising other competing forms of heritage. Architecture is uniquely positioned to resist these hegemonic processes through substantive material presence, the resilience of which is best realised in conservation praxis. But too often heritage conservation assumes an apolitical stance by neglecting to acknowledge its own unsettling agendas. This issue of Fabrications seeks to understand the nature of the relationship between major and minor cultural practices where architecture, heritage and politics intersect. Its particular focus is the Asia-Pacific region, where tensions caused by colonisation, decolonisation, territorial conflicts, the cold war, migration, nation building and economic liberalisation have produced diverse or dissident built expressions.

What are the implications of the politics of patrimony for architectural history? We are interested in how both normative and marginal cultures reinvent the past; how relationships of geopolitical dominance or dependence are expressed; and how majority and minority cultures operate within sovereign frameworks. Do the politics of these processes have legible architectural outcomes? Do their material expressions cross geopolitical borders? Do they suggest new methodologies for researching and writing architectural history? Could they raise questions about the place of architectural history amid the interdisciplinary practices of conservation?  What are their implications for the architecture of heritage framed internationally, nationally and regionally that has to negotiate diversity, dissent and accumulation? The issue anticipates papers that rethink the multifarious relationships between the discourses of heritage and architecture in ways that are self-reflexive, inclusive, dynamic and mindful of the co-habitation of different cultural positions."

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