Heritage & sustainable development

  • Date: –16:00
  • Lecturer: Christina Fredengren & Anna Karlström (UU, Kulturvård), Helena Wangefelt Ström (ABM)
  • Contact person: Isto Huvila
  • Seminarium

We will introduce a discussion around the theme Heritage, Sustainability, and Participatory practices, with a conference paper by Ilaria Rosetti, Marc Jacobs, Ana Pereira Roders as a starting point.

A conversation introduced by:

Christina Fredengren, Associate Professor at Department of Art History, Conservation, Uppsala University Campus Gotland. See more.

Anna Karlström, Researcher at Department of Art History, Conservation, Uppsala University Campus Gotland. See more.

Helena Wangefelt Ström, Department for ALM.

Heritage & Sustainability is an emerging multidisciplinary field. In the last decade, many studies have been carried out to define the role(s) of culture in achieving sustainability goals. Among them, the COST Network introduced the triple concept of culture in, for and as sustainability, suggesting that culture can play a self-standing, a mediating and a transformative role in achieving sustainable development. Further research has been done on the contribution of cultural heritage practices to environmental, social, economic and cultural dimensions of sustainability, and after 2016 to the UN 2030 Agenda and beyond. In this field, multi-stakeholders’ participation commonly represents an indicator of social sustainability, although, recent research suggests a broader impact of participatory heritage practices on other dimensions. Does multi-stakeholders’ participation in heritage practices play a role in achieving broader sustainability goals? This paper frames participatory heritage practices in a broad sustainability perspective, through a systematic literature review. Observing linkages with the framework developed by the COST Network, results show that it is possible to identify three roles of participatory heritage practices in achieving sustainable development: participation as right, as driver and as enabler. It is concluded that participatory heritage practices can play multiple roles in addressing sustainability, beyond being an indicator of its social dimension. Moreover, beside participatory heritage practices contributing to the sustainable development of natural and cultural resources, their governance, cities and communities, they also represent a key success factor for the continuity of sustainability-oriented heritage practices.

Link to paper