On the 23rd September I am speaking at Sharing Cultures 2015 – the Fourth International Conference on Intangible Heritage.
My paper discusses findings from my research on the impacts of the Liverpool World Heritage Site on city narratives and ambitions. The paper challenges the false perception that there is an irreconciliable tension between urban development and heritage protection.
In 2012, the ICC embarked on a year-long assessment of Liverpool’s status as a World Heritage Site, following a decision by UNESCO to place the site on the ‘List of World Heritage in Danger’. This research assessed the impact of World Heritage designation and considered opportunities and challenges for the city to make the most of its designation – employing a holistic approach to assessment that acknowledged not just the economic impact of the site but also the social and cultural value of being awarded such title by UNESCO.
‘Sharing Cultures’ aims to push discussion on intangible cultural heritage as an academic topic of foremost relevance. This area has gained its rightful place among the scientific community during the last two decades, with a significant amount of work having been published by a large number of researchers, academics and practitioners.
For further information on the conference, visit the conference website here.