In the contemporary world, unprecedented global events are challenging our ability to protect and enhance cultural heritage for future generations. Relevance and Application of Heritage in Contemporary Society examines innovative and flexible approaches to cultural heritage protection.

Bringing together cultural heritage scholars and activists from across the world, the volume showcases a spectrum of exciting new approaches to heritage protection, community involvement, and strategic utilization of expertise. The contributions deal with a range of highly topical issues, including armed conflict and non-state actors, as well as broad questions of public heritage, museum roles in society, heritage tourism, disputed ownership, and indigenous and local approaches. In so doing, the volume builds upon, and introduces readers to, a new cultural heritage declaration codified during a 2016 workshop at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.

Offering a clarion call for an enduring spirit of innovation, collaboration, education, and outreach, Relevance and Application of Heritage in Contemporary Society will be important reading for scholars, students, cultural heritage managers, and local community stakeholders.

chapter 1|10 pages

Balancing the Past with the Needs and Concerns of Contemporary Society

ByGeorge S. Smith, Pei-Lin Yu, Chen Shen

chapter 2|10 pages

Lessons Since 2003

Protecting Cultural Heritage during Conflict
ByPeter Stone

chapter 3|14 pages

Online Public Opinion and Archaeological Heritage Conservation

A Case Study from Western Canada
ByDavid Pokotylo

chapter 4|9 pages

Objects of the Past

Relevance of Cultural Heritage in 21st-Century Museums
ByChen Shen

chapter 5|12 pages

What’s a Museum to Do? The Global Trade in Illegal Antiquities

ByL. Eden Burgess

chapter 8|12 pages

Heritage in a Changing World and Higher Education for Heritage Managers

A Pilot Program from Egypt
ByFekri Hassan

chapter 9|5 pages

Higher Education and Cultural Heritage Management Programs

A Personal Perspective
ByGeorge S. Smith

chapter 10|9 pages

Engaging “the Public” in Heritage

Which Public and Whose Heritage?
ByElizabeth S. Chilton

chapter 11|10 pages

Regulating Indigenous Heritage

Impacts of Governmental Policies and Procedures on Indigenous Heritage
ByJoe Watkins

chapter 12|10 pages

The New Data Makers

Indigenous Innovations in Cultural Heritage Management
ByPei-Lin Yu

chapter 13|10 pages

Cultural Heritage Management in Developing Countries

Challenges and Opportunities
ByJeffrey H. Altschul

chapter 14|11 pages

Heritage in the Global Economy

Protecting Cultural Heritage through Nongovernmental and Voluntary Practices
ByMarion Werkheiser, Trace Brooks, Ellen Chapman

chapter 15|14 pages

Heritage, Climate Change, and Adaptation Planning

ByDiane L. Douglas

chapter 16|26 pages

The Fusion of Law and Ethics in Cultural Heritage Management

The 21st Century Confronts Archaeology
ByHilary A. Soderland, Ian A. Lilley

chapter 17|13 pages

Cultural Heritage Stewardship

Global Challenges and New Approaches for an Uncertain Future
ByArlene K. Fleming