Book launch: Chinese Heritage in the Making: Experiences, Negotiations and Contestations
The authors will briefly discuss the book's main findings and their own case studies. Snacks will be served.
The edited volume is an outcome of a conference held at the Centre in 2015 (https://www.ace.lu.se/event/cultural-heritage-in-china-contested-underst...) that was organized as part of Marina's research project on cultural heritage in China funded by the Swedish Research Council. The conference was also partly funded by the Birgit Rausing Language Programme that supports conferences on China at Lund University.
The book consists of an overview of cultural heritage politics in China as well as individual cases studies addressing a variety of topics, actors, and localities. It addresses both the state-led and top-down discourse as well as the multiple ways cultural heritage is lived, debated, performed and consumed in the Chinese society today. It pays particular attention to individual citizens, local communities, and heritage experts and their possibilities for voice and agency. The book also addresses how the heritagisation process affects different groups of people and the role of the Internet and social media in opening up new spaces for engagement with the heritage.