Volume #55

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To think of heritage is to think of protecting and preserving our presence in the past. Heritage is a buzzword; it informs discourse about our identity, reminding us not just of who we were, but who we are. But another lesson to be learned from history is the necessity of change and dynamism. What we want to preserve and why we want to preserve it is not set in stone, although we may have thought so for a century. In Volume #55: Intangible Cultural Heritage we dig into the politics and practices of safeguarding the intangible; we look at the kick-back effects on tangible cultural heritage; and wonder if institutionalizing preservation of the intangible is in fact a threat to its own survival.