Cornelius Holtorf has been organizing (since before the pandemic!) and chaired a Roundtable Dialogue at the ICOMOS Scientific Symposium “Heritage Changes” during the ICOMOS General Assembly 2023 held in Sydney, Australia addressing the question “What does it mean to manage heritage for the future? How will heritage (have to) change”? (4-8 September 2023).
The organisers of the symposium had framed the theme HERITAGE CHANGES like this:
The GA2023 theme seeks to examine the tumultuous changes taking place in the first years of the 2020s. Climate emergencies, conflict, COVID-19, lockdowns, closed borders, virtual meetings, and the Black Lives Matter movement have profoundly altered the ways in which the world is experienced. What has been the role of heritage in these events? What is changing in the field of heritage and what needs to change? What does heritage change – for example, in civil society, the environment, the economy, and in politics? And, in what ways is heritage a force for change and integral to creating a sustainable future?
During the roundtable we discussed among the panel and with an audience of 150+ how heritage changes and how heritage needs to change, whether or not the future can be decolonised, what the possibility of societal discontinuities and extinction might mean for managing heritage, and whether heritage holds liabilities for achieving sustainable development.
The participants included
- Cornelius Holtorf (Chair) UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures, Linnaeus University, Sweden
- Vanicka Arora University of Stirling, UK
- Gabriel Caballero Focal Point, ICOMOS SDG Working Group
- Kate Clark Public Value Consulting, Australia
- Carolyn Hill University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand
- William Megarry Focal Point, ICOMOS Climate Change & Heritage Working Group