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Annual Heritage Lectures

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The Annual Heritage Lecture invites speakers of international reputation to give a public lecture on an aspect of heritage research. The inaugural lecture was given by Dr Helaine Silverman (CHAMP/University of Illinois) on 8 May 2018 and the full lecture is available to view below.


The Inca in the Plaza: Contesting Change in the World Heritage Historic Center of Cuzco, Peru


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Historic urban centers constitute approximately one-third of the cultural properties on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The expectation of UNESCO is that the architectural integrity, authenticity and physical form of an inscribed historic urban center will not change for these qualities convey the site’s Outstanding Universal Value. Yet these are inhabited places and thus subject to change.

Whereas this is recognized by ICOMOS’ new “tolerance for change” paradigm, change in heritage properties is not everywhere embraced by the official management sector. A case in point is Cuzco, Peru where the recent installation of an Inca king atop a Belle Époque fountain in the middle of the premier public space of the city has prompted a major dispute between the Municipality (which erected the statue) and the Ministry of Culture (which seeks its removal).

Beyond local political antagonisms and ambiguity in the national legal code for heritage management are intertwined issues of place, authenticity, identity, memory, visual integrity, community stakeholdership, colonial legacies and different value systems. This talk uses the controversy over “the Inca in the plaza” as a platform to discuss management of the present past in living historic urban landscapes. 

Watch the whole lecture here:

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Check out flickr for more photos from the 2018 Annual Heritage Lecture