Living with heritage

Living with heritage

The houses we live in, the objects we use on a daily basis or the recipes we cook are not in themselves heritage. They become heritage when we recognize them as heritage, which dictates a series of questions with answers not being taken for granted. Why does a particular building become heritage, who decides, what criteria and considerations are these based on, and what does it mean to live with heritage are the questions that pave the way for the research tasks in this thematic cluster. Perhaps the residents and professionals who want to protect the house have completely different aesthetic criteria, preferences and fears. However, this never-ending dialogue can have unpredictable outcomes in the fast-paced everyday of the twenty-first century. Although seizing the past is universally human, individuals and communities seem to be strongly drawn towards reviving, preserving and expressing cultural features, which were being lost and are now becoming recognised as heritage. Such heritage can be used for economic reasons, for self-representation or to (re)gain visibility within society, as a sense of belonging, but also for exclusion. How those involved, excluded, forgotten or invisible live with heritage, how it is transformed or reshaped are the questions that form the central research axis of this thematic cluster.

Mediterranean Diet: between Health, Heritage, and Sustainability

Food and foodways are, as found out by many authors (see, for example, Brulotte and Di Giovine 2014; Ledinek Lozej and Šrimpf Vendramin 2020), often affording to heritagization due to…
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04. 03. 2024 0

Fish as heritage: The case of mullet and farmed sea bass in the northeastern Adriatic

Fish is not just a fish. It can also be a means of assessing how heritage, as a particular type of imaginary, conveys social, cultural, political, and economic transformations. According…
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16. 02. 2024 0

Mohant, Trnič and Tolminc Cheese: a heritage of alpine cheese-making?

One wild man got drunk so they could tie him up. He asked them to let him go and to tell them what could be made from the milk. He…
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04. 08. 2023 0

The Heritagisation of Authorial Graffiti and Street Art 

In this paper[1] I aim to show the circumstances and ways in which authorial graffiti can be, or can be constructed as, cultural heritage. I start by analysing how non-political,…
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21. 12. 2022 0

The acrobatics of the position of enunciation: interference of the unauthorised in established processes of heritagization

The doctrine of critical heritage studies is based on the idea that cultural heritage does not exist in itself, but requires hegemonic, authorised dialogue. This “establishes and legitimises what heritage…
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04. 04. 2022 0

Living with Šavrinka

When, one September evening in 1994, we met Mrs. Tonina Vidali in Škofije, a woman who had travelled to central Istria for eggs in the period between the world wars,…
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18. 09. 2020 0