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    The management of heritage in contested cross-border contexts: emerging research on the island of Ireland


    McClelland, Andrew (2016) The management of heritage in contested cross-border contexts: emerging research on the island of Ireland. Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland, 11. pp. 91-104. ISSN 2054-572X

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    Abstract

    This paper introduces the recently begun REINVENT research project focused on the management of heritage in the cross-border cultural landscape of Derry/Londonderry. The importance of facilitating dialogue over cultural heritage to the maintenance of ‘thin’ borders in contested cross-border contexts is underlined in the paper, as is the relatively favourable strategic policy context for progressing ‘heritage diplomacy’ on the island of Ireland. However, it is argued that more inclusive and participatory approaches to the management of heritage are required to assist in the mediation of contestation, particularly accommodating a greater diversity of ‘non-expert’ opinion, in addition to helping identify value conflicts and dissonance. The application of digital technologies in the form of Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) is proposed, and this is briefly discussed in relation to some of the expected benefits and methodological challenges that must be addressed in the REINVENT project. The paper concludes by emphasising the importance of dialogue and knowledge exchange between academia and heritage policymakers/practitioners.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: heritage; Ireland; Northern Ireland; cross-border; REINVENT project;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 9332
    Depositing User: Andrew McClelland
    Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 14:36
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland
    Publisher: Centre for Cross Border Studies
    Refereed: Yes
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