Dialogues and heritages in the digital public sphere
This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book suggests that the term ‘dialogue’ often raises normative expectations related to its potential as a vehicle for positive change. It shows how the dialogical potential of heritage, and particularly ideas connected with European heritage as a common or shared assembly of values, expressions and materialities, is perceived, practised and mobilised within the context of digital culture. The book also suggest that although cultural institutions have experience in facilitating and/or instigating dialogue in their own premises, primarily within a participatory museological framework, they are less confident with purposefully extending former practices into the digital public sphere. It highlights the conceptualisation of dialogue as civic listening. The book discusses the cultural difference and diversity are not fixed phenomena but as a socially constructed set of ideas and practices are fluid and in constant negotiation.