The work and historiography of heritage studies and preservation rely significantly on a growth model. They present disciplinary engagements with their subject of study as a slow progression towards a more effective and sustainable involvement of diverse voices, values, and methodological approaches. In this paper, however, I address the role of failure in this field using the particular example of a heritage civil society in Doha, Qatar. How does the field of heritage studies address negative results and what does this reveal about the scope and aims of an expanding discipline?
Heritage Failure and Its Public: Thoughts on The Preservation of Old Doha, Qatar
Trinidad Rico is assistant professor and director of the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program at the department of art history, Rutgers University. She is author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City (Routledge, 2016), and co-editor of Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (Univeristy Press of Colorado, 2015).
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Trinidad Rico; Heritage Failure and Its Public: Thoughts on The Preservation of Old Doha, Qatar. The Public Historian 1 February 2019; 41 (1): 111–120. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2019.41.1.111
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