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Call for panels

Proposals for panels, and individual papers included in them, are invited to cross disciplinary and geographical spaces, to explore the interstices of materiality, memory, practice and language and to query the constellation of factors related to heritage as a form of place making that embraces the past while being conscripted to the future.
Possible panels could be organized along the following rubrics, problematizing key issues (though these rubrics are far from being exclusive or disconnected from each other):

•    Construction – Destruction – Reconstruction of Heritage as Politics
•    Conceptual formations of heritage, the politics of authenticity and difference
•    Disciplinary practices, protocols, canonization, musealization and archiving
•    Institutions, decision-making and on-site management
•    International and state organizations – frameworks, conventions and ethics
•    Local communities at heritage sites – identity, memory, ritual and the right to interpret
•    Economy of heritage sites
•    Issues of legality – ownership, excavations, trafficking, censorship
•    Media: Digitization from documentation to hyperreal substitution, film, music

Panels may be proposed only by members of any one of the participating institutions; however guest speakers from other institutions are welcome. Proposals should include a provisional budget stating the approximate travel costs of the invited guests.

Unlike papers, which can always be read after the conference, panels provide a unique forum by bringing together experienced and provocative thought leaders to discuss and debate timely and critical issues of interest to the field. They are not just four short linear presentations of small papers, but should lead in a dynamic way to new, emerging insights. Panels need to bring together a range of different perspectives on a focused topic in an arrangement that opens up the topic in a structured manner and allows a wide–ranging debate including active contributions from the audience.
At the same time a limited number of proposals for individual papers will also be considered.
The proposal for a panel should be a document in two parts. The first part (max. 3 pages) will be used for the evaluation of the proposal and should explain the rationale of the panel design as well as providing a detailed timeline for the various parts of the panel (the duration of the whole will be 90 minutes).
The second part of the document (max 2 pages) is the version to appear in the conference brochure. This should include a description of the panel theme including details on why the panel will be of interest to conference attendees, brief biographical sketches of the panelists. In all, the proposal must not exceed five pages (1,5 spaced). The five-page count must include all text, figures, tables, and appendices. Abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Please remember to specify in your proposal:

•    Panel title
•    Panel organisers (including contact details)
•    Panel theme
•    Panel format (including duration)
•    Budget for invited panelists
•    Special equipment needed (a projector and a screen + flipcharts will be available)

Proposals for individual papers should be about a page long, should elucidate the theme of the paper and its relevance to the conceptual frame of the conference. It should also include a short biographical summary and contact details of the presenter.

Please submit your panel proposals by March 31, 2016, to annualconference@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de.

Picture Credits:

Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan

1) Statue photographed in 1963.
©UNESCO/A Lezine via Wikimedia Commons
2) Reconstuction efforts after the Buddha's were demolished by the Taliban in 2001.
©Carl Montgomery
3) Replica at Arkady Fiedler Museum in Puszczykowo.
©Jsporysz via Wikimedia Commons

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