Inaugural Lecture Series - Professor Mairead Nic Craith
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- Date: , 16:30–18:00
- Venue: Cairn Auditorium - Postgraduate Centre, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, Scotland (View on map)
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Scotland's Living Heritage(s): A Global Perspective
Professor Mairead Nic Craith will give her inaugural lecture entitled, Scotland's Living Heritage(s): A Global Perspective, on Wednesday 29th May 2013.
The lecture takes place at 5.00pm in the Cairn Auditorium, Postgraduate Centre, Heriot-Watt. Tea and coffee will be served from 4.30pm.
About the Lecture
Scotland has enthusiastically embraced the concept of heritage, and its success in achieving world heritage status for five sites is impressive in an international context. Moreover, Scotland has invested significantly in the restoration of historic and listed buildings, monuments and designed landscapes. An emphasis on safeguarding historic structures reflects the traditional British perspective, which largely regarded heritage in terms the built environment. This emphasis is at odds with the Gaelic term dúchas, which implies a collective heritage: one that connects living people to particular places. Recent developments in Scotland indicate that perspectives on heritage have begun to embrace living – as well as material – dimensions of heritage. Moreover, the national strategy for museums and galleries has highlighted the urgency of developing a global perspective on Scotland's heritage. With particular reference to UNESCO's Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), this inaugural lecture explores the current challenges faced by tradition-bearers and custodians of living heritage in Scotland, Europe and further afield. It explores the challenges of re-defining heritage in the wider cultural landscape as well as the impact of the current political context in Scotland on issues for the heritage sector, such as access, collective ownership and economic benefits.
Professor Máiréad Nic Craith
Máiréad Nic Craith has recently been appointed to a Chair in European Culture and Heritage at Heriot-Watt University. An anthropologist with an international reputation in the field of living heritage, she has won many accolades for her publications, including the Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Research Prize for Folklife (joint winner), which was awarded at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. She has authored a number of publications on aspects of living heritage. In 2011, she was invited by the United Nations as an expert on access to heritage as a human right.
Book your place
You can register by this event by emailing HWU-Lectures@hw.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)131 451 3192.