Ed. by Albert, Marie-Theres
Aims and Scope
To date, critical engagement with the topic of heritage has had two predominant epicenters: on the one hand, the political and practically oriented discourse taking place between UNESCO experts, and, on the other, academic discourse between scholars concerned with the topic. The Heritage Studies series is seeking for the first time to elevate a more comprehensive understanding of heritage that takes into account the potential that heritage holds for the future of mankind, while also exploring associated concepts of sustainability. The series will address a variety of constructs, investigating them both systematically and with regard to future possibilities.
In this way, Heritage Studies intends to pave the way for the development of an interdisciplinary as well as transdisciplinary field of research that - in light of the increasing and popularistic use of the concept of heritage – is both current and innovative. This new field is informed by an understanding of heritage that advocates development that is both sustainable and humane. Our material and immaterial cultural heritage, our natural heritage, and strategies of remembrance are all human relics that are to be interpreted from a perspective that looks toward the future. Based on this understanding, Heritage Studies will seek in the coming years to tease out the multifarious facets of heritage – and, in the process, to delimit these facets both within the disciplines and from an interdisciplinary perspective.