Book Launch: Heritage, Conflict, and Peace-Building

Heritage, Conflict, and Peace-Building (2024, edited by Lucas Lixinski and Yujie Zhu)

Heritage, Conflict, and Peace-Building examines the possibilities arising from, and challenges associated with, transforming heritage from a casualty of conflict into an opportunity for peacebuilding.

The contributors to this book, who hail from academia and practice, present case studies that shed light on the multifaceted factors and conditions influenced by diplomacy, nationalism, victimhood, and the roles of diverse institutional actors in fostering peace. They demonstrate the possibilities and pitfalls of the work heritage does for local communities, the nation-state, and the international community, when these different actors and their peace aspirations and agendas intersect. Looking at heritage and peace processes on all continents, the contributions in this volume amount to a compelling analytical account of how the discourses of heritage and peace connect, overlap, and diverge. They also emphasise that our shared aspiration for peace should not be taken for granted in a heritage context, and that it is incumbent upon heritage scholars and practitioners to be more intentional about the work they wish to do to promote peace.

Heritage, Conflict, and Peace-Building will be of interest to scholars and practitioners working in heritage studies, transitional justice, museum studies, international relations, education, history, and law.

Date: 10-11am AEST, 7 May Tuesday, 2024
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Kristen Barrett-Casey, University of the West of England, UK
Andrew Law, Newcastle University, UK
Lucas Lixinski, UNSW, Australia
Roslyn Russell, UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee
Laurajane Smith, ANU, Australia
Yujie Zhu, ANU, Australia


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Date & time

Tue 07 May 2024, 10–11am


Online (virtual)


Yujie Zhu


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