UNESCO and its agencies, the World Bank and other multilateral financial institutions and transnational corporate social responsibility programs all interact to (re)produce and valorise a globalizing modernist vision of heritage and development that is often detrimental to local community interests. This seminar asks how might we engage constructively with these organisations while retaining our ethical credibility and a critical scholarly edge. To that end, it describes a 'critical heritage studies in practice‘ and outlines several current and recent projects attempting to bring scholarly critique to the attention of global institutional players in a manner that generates positive change without being reduced to "greenwash" or "bluewash".

About the presenter

Ian Lilley has worked in Australasian and Indo-Pacific archaeology and cultural heritage for over 40 years. He is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland and is the Willem Willems Chair of Contemporary Issues in Archaeological Heritage Management at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He is a World Heritage Assessor for ICOMOS and IUCN, serves on the scientific advisory committees of two Australian World Heritage sites and has held a variety of other senior national and international leadership roles including Vice President and International Secretary of the Australian Academy of Humanities. His most recent books are a heritage-management volume on Early Human Expansion and Innovation in the Pacific (ICOMOS 2010) and the university textbook Archaeology of Oceania: Australia and the Pacific Islands (Blackwell 2006).


About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.


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