Heritage, Creativity and Innovation Nexus


Event details

Date 04.11.2021 06.11.202109:0016:00  
Speaker Béla KapossyFlorence Graezer BideauPeter Bille LarsenMichael HerzfeldSarah KenderdineHarriet DeaconLuca ZanChiara BortolottoTrevor MarchandAve PaulusKatriina SiivonenAlain DufauxDavid Littlefield and Michel Rautenberg
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
This international workshop aims to spearhead and consolidate thinking around the nexus of heritage, creativity and innovation. It builds on recent trends as well as enthusiasm around a virtual panel organized at the bi-annual Critical Heritage Studies Congress in August, 2020 at the University College London. In response, this academic event seeks to pave the way for a substantive interdisciplinary dialogue including social, humanities and technical sciences and further reflection.

Descriptions of heritage, guidance and norms rarely denote the central role that innovation and creativity play in conservation. Emphasis in narrative terms tends to focus on connections to the past, rehearsing long-standing dichotomies between authentic heritage and change. Many times, creativity and the ensuing transformations of both rural and urban spaces tend to remain hidden behind exposed artefacts and official representations, silenced by authorized heritage discourse or simply relegated as vernacular practices. Ranging from massive infrastructure construction, speculative architecture and total material transformations of heritage sites to micro-level restoration and beautification techniques by local craftsmen, innovation clearly takes different forms, values and positionalities in the context of heritage. Such phenomena prompt the need for further theoretical reflection. Furthermore, EPFL as hub for heritage, technology and innovation offers an atypical yet productive environment to deepen this conversation.

In summary, this academic event seeks to shed light on the diversity of innovation and creativity found in the heritage field at different levels, implemented by multiple actors and their significance for practices. Presentations include both empirical case-studies and theoretical perspectives, which will form part of a special issue of a peer-reviewed open-access journal dedicated to this topic.
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  • Day 1, November 4, 2021 - Room AAC 108
    9:00 - 9:10: Welcome coffee and opening remarks by Béla Kapossy, Dean of the College of Humanities, EPFL
    9:10 - 9:40: Introductory remarks: reframing heritage, creativity and innovation, Florence Graezer Bideau and Peter Bille Larsen, CDH, EPFL   
    9:45 -10:45: Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University, Keynote Crafting the Artisan: Creativity as Material Performance and Social Challenge
  • 10:45 - 11:00: Coffee break
    11:00 ­- 12:30: Panel 1: Creative heritage techniques revisited
    Sarah Kenderdine, EPFL: ‘Insurgent acts of translation’: experiments from the archive
    Harriet Deacon, Coventry University: Rethinking concepts of authenticity: repertoire and innovation in the HIPAMS project (heritage-sensitive intellectual property and marketing strategies)
    13:00 - 14:00: Lunch
    14:00 - 15:30: Panel 2: Governance creativity and innovation
    Luca Zan, University of Bologna (Economist): Cultural Heritage and Identity building in current China. Stateholder creativity and administrative legacy
    Chiara Bortolotto, EHESS, Paris (Anthropology): Mastering the future through Intangible Cultural Heritage: sustainability, change and temporality disruptions
    15:30 - 16:30: Guided visit to Deep Fakes exhibition by Sarah Kenderdine (eM+)
    16:30 - 17:30: Roundtable discussion on theoretical paper by Graezer Bideau and Larsen
    Free time
    19:30: Dinner

  • Day 2, November 5, 2021 - Room BC 420
    9:00 - 10:00: Trevor Marchand, SOAS, UK (Social Anthropology), Keynote 2 Recovery & Reconstruction of Architectural Heritage: toward a people-centred approach
    10:00 - 10:15: Coffee break
    10.15 - 12:15: Panel 3 : Rethinking creativity, sustainability and landscapes
    Ave Paulus, University of Tartu, Estonia (Semiology): Hot Heritage of the Cold War - Translating Controversial Soviet Occupation Heritage on the Coasts of Estonia into Creative Futures
    Katriina Siivonen, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku (Futures Studies): Heritage Futures for resilience and sustainability transformation   12:15 - 13:30: Introduction to the Montreux Jazz Project by Alain Dufaux (Cultural Heritage and Innovation Center)
    13:30 - 15:00: Panel 4: Urban heritage imaginaries, innovating public space and creativity
    David Littlefield, University of West of England (Architecture and Design): Creative practice and narrative: representational techniques and the voice of historic surfaces
    Michel Rautenberg, University of St. Etienne (Sociology) : Photographic nostalgia, historical comics and posters in the heritage imaginary of a former French industrial city, Saint-Etienne
    15:00 - 15:15: Coffee break
    15:15 - 16:00: Closing remarks
    16:30 - 18:30: PhD students/poster presentations and drinks (BC420)
    19:00: Dinner
  • Day 3, November 6, 2021 - Room BC 420
    Only for PhD students from EPFL and Swiss universities
    9:00 - 16:00: PhD School roundtable presentation followed by a discussion with Michael Herzfeld, Peter Larsen and Florence Graezer Bideau