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London Heritages 2025

London, UK
Organization: AMPS, University of Greenwich
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2025-06-25 to 2025-06-27 Abstract Due: 2024-07-15

A little over 25 years ago, the site of this conference, Maritime Greenwich, London, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Home to the first Palladian building in England, the Royal Naval College by Sir Christopher Wren, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Observatory and the University of Greenwich, it is one of the UK’s most important historical sites. It is home to groundbreaking projects in digital heritage, the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and a variety of major arts and cultural events annually. It is promoted by its ‘state-of-the-art’ visitor centre and ardently protected by the UK’s Listed Buildings and Conservation Acts. It is a quintessential site of world heritage.

However, as a site located in the city of London, it feels the pressures of economic and urban development. It is threatened by the strains of mass tourism and can be at risk of over exposure. It is located near areas of social deprivation and its buildings and parks are in need of continual, and costly, maintenance. Managing the site for local residents, the heritage community and visitors is complex and can be contested. In this regard, Maritime Greenwich is also the epitome of the difficulties faced across the heritage sector, the world over.

Using the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich as a point of departure, this conference seeks to explore the critical questions for the heritage sector today from various disciplinary perspectives. Whether they come from the fields of art and architectural history, cultural studies, digital heritage, social history or landscape and urban planning. Seeking to position the site, its difficulties and successes in a global context, the conference also welcomes international case studies that explore the varied and complex components of heritage, conservation and preservation, as both a tangible and intangible phenomenon in different cultures, climates and socio-political contexts.

Reflecting this, the conference identifies a number of broad strands. They include but are not limited to:

Art & Architectural History & Theory – papers on the diversity of research in the field of art and architectural history and theory | Digital Heritage – questions and cases studies of technologies and medias such as laser scanning, VR and data mapping in the heritage sector | Socio-Cultural Heritage – critiques of the socio-cultural issues that comes into play when thinking about people, communities and heritage | Art, Architecture(s), Design & Practice – examinations of how contemporary artists, architects, and designers engage with context and heritage | Sites of heritage – considerations on sites of heritage, whether from the fields of archaeology, museology & conservation, or social questions of gentrification, inclusion or regeneration | Theories of heritage – reconsiderations of ideas, concepts and theoretical readings of heritage as both a practice and as a theoretical and cultural construct.



Cindee Hogan