The Leiden-Stanford Heritage Network represents a group of heritage ethnographers, practitioners and scholars committed to establishing an innovative set of contributions to heritage practice. The site establishes a globally accessible resource for those working in the heritage sector – from student ethnographers to established consultants and managers – to develop discussion and debate about the current crises facing the global heritage sphere today. Our purpose is to create a space for productive dialog between those who study heritage landscapes, those who define heritage policy and those who are directly affected by heritage initiatives. Our focus aims at addressing current heritage problematics at both the conceptual and practical levels. Presenting original research that underscores the value of the ethnographic approach for understanding the sociopolitical context of stakeholder groups, we hope to provide a timely discussion on the current institutional frameworks and globalist discourses currently shaping the concept of heritage. Our project is based on a commitment to thinking through practical solutions that can help reshape and rethink the heritage sector in more inclusive and democratic terms.


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Lynn Meskell (Stanford Unversity)

Willem Willems (Leiden University)

Peter Pels (Leiden University)

Carolyn Nakamura (Leiden University)

Gertjan Plets (Stanford University)


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