New publication: Revisiting Authenticity in the Asian Context

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Revisitng authenticity in the Asian context published by ICCROM
Revisitng authenticity in the Asian context published by ICCROM

via ICCROM, 15 Mar 2019: Free download, with some interesting chapters from Thailand and Malaysia.

Authenticity is a nebulous term within the conservation profession. The concept has historically tended to privilege materials-based approaches to conservation practice over recognizing spiritual and non-material values of a place, however, the drafting of the Nara Document in 1994 marked a shift in paradigm. Considered an important moment in the history of conservation, the Document expanded the concept of authenticity and drew attention to cultural diversity within the heritage discourse.

Although the Nara Document was developed in Asia, regional heritage practitioners have since felt the need to revisit it due to specificities and the challenges they face in conserving heritage. This book addresses the meaning and application of the concept of authenticity in a variety of contexts within Asia, presenting case studies and reflections that examine the relationship between material and intangible values. As the book illustrates, there are some instances where the historical weight of the concept of authenticity poses challenges to actual practice in the region. Sometimes international approaches and obligations may make it difficult to address the specific local cultural circumstances, and alternatively, there are instances where local practices can hinder the work of heritage practitioners in their ability to meet so-called international requirements.

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World Heritage Training Centre for Asia

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16 May 2007 (UNESCO World Heritage) – While not directly pertaining to the archaeology of Southeast Asia, this bit of news will undoubtably have some resonance for future world heritage sites in SEA. For a list of the UNESCO (archaeological) World Heritage Sites in SEA, check out the resources section.

Inauguration of a World Heritage Training and Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific Region in China

The Government of China will launch a World Heritage Training and Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific Region in China. The inauguration ceremony of this institute will take place at Tongji University, Shanghai with the presence of Mr Francesco Bandarin, Director of UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mr Mounir Bouchenaki, Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Mr Michael Petzet, President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and Mr Zhang Xinsheng, Chairman of the Executive Board of UNESCO and Vice Minister of Education of the Government of China.

Full text here.