Contested space: cultural property and the art of appropriation

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  • Belfast Keynotes

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  • Contested space: cultural property and the art of appropriation

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  • Abstract

    Sites of history, those places that form part of ‘heritage’ are subject to practices of interpretation. A range of representations guide visitor, from architecture and sculpture to photography and web design. The visit is often produced as journey through a scene, an absorbing if not entertaining day out, which can obscure important cultural battles over access and ownership. Tracing debates about a series of sites, this talk considers the question of historical rights and cultural property in a place.

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