Critical Heritage and Social Justice

I helped to co-organise this workshop on the intersections of critical heritage and social justice, funded by the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, which took place at UCL Institute of Education in May 2022.

The workshop aimed to bring researchers from heritage studies, anthropology, architecture, conservation, geography, sociology, archaeology departments and the heritage and museum sectors together to discuss and define themes of critical heritage in a rapidly changing world.

Social justice can be seen as entangled with many of the central themes of critical heritage that require urgent responses, including the climate crisis, conflict, refugee crises, social, cultural and economic inequalities, and increasing forms of racism and discrimination, especially against ethnic minorities and those of different gender identities.

In particular, the workshop aimed to locate and develop theoretical approaches and methods to respond to these social, economic and political issues.