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(ir)replaceable:a discussion about heritage, conservation and future-making

Wednesday 21 June, 2017, 12.00-5.30pm, followed by drinks
Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24
University of Canberra
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General registration: $88 (incl. GST)
Full-time students: $44 (incl. GST)

Join Cornelius Holtorf, Professor of Archaeology, Linnaeus University and guest of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra, and leading Australian heritage theorists and practitioners, to discuss what happens when conservation is envisioned as future-making rather than preservation. The symposium will commence with a presentation by Cornelius Holtorf in conversation with Denis Byrne, Senior Research Fellow, Western Sydney University - two of today’s most innovative and provocative heritage thinkers. Questions to be explored include:

  • What future risks and opportunities can be influenced by our policies and practices in the present?
  • Is the past irreplaceable and non-renewable or renewed and remade through heritage conservation?
  • What can we learn from reflecting on the history of heritage conservation?
  • How have our current heritage practices and policies contributed to building a more just and sustainable society?

Download programme (PDF30KB, as at 15/6/2017)

Provocateurs and speakers include:

  • Sheridan Burke (President Advisory Committee, International ICOMOS and ISC20C)
  • Denis Byrne (Western Sydney University)
  • Alice Gorman (Flinders University)
  • Ursula Frederick (Australian National University)
  • Cornelius Holtorf (Linnaeus University)
  • Laurajane Smith (Australian National University)
  • Ian Travers (President Australia ICOMOS)
  • Tim Winter (President ACHS)


Tracy Ireland (University of Canberra) and Steve Brown (University of Sydney) (ACHS Aus/NZ Chapter Coordinators), in conjunction with  Denis Byrne (Western Sydney University).

Call for provocations (now closed):

We welcome provocations on these topics, broadly interpreted, to build a constructive, collaborative agenda for the Australian and New Zealand Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), in the lead up to the 2018 Heritage Across Borders Conference in Hangzhou, China.

How to submit a proposal for a provocation: a provocation will comprise a succinct (five-minute) presentation that raises an important current or future issue for heritage, contests, or offers an alternative perspective on an accepted component of heritage theory and/or practice. The proposal should comprise a title, abstract (up to 200 words) and author(s) bio (up to 150 words) submitted by 31 May 2017 to: and