Lunchtime seminar – UQO and Association of Critical Heritage Studies “Politics and Policies of Heritage” October 12

The Université du Québec en Outaouais is pleased to host the Canadian chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies in 2022-2023.

The three lunchtime seminars organized by this partnership focus on current research and issues in Canadian heritage and museology. The first lunchtime seminar, entitled ” Politics and Policies of Heritage” will take place on October 12 from 12:00 to 1:PM (EDT)

Registration required:…/tZMrd-ivrzMuHda4sUvaQGSUXKv-TiWk-774

For any questions, contact Marie-Charlotte Franco, PhD, general and scientific coordinator of the lunchtime seminars:

The lunchtime seminars are a partnership between the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), as part of the research and training activities in museology and heritage offered at UQO. Their are made possible thanks to the support of the Decanat de la recherche et de la création de l’UQO and the Groupe de recherche et de réflexion CIÉCO.

Abstracts :

Aude Porcedda, PhD, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (QC)
Sustainable Development and Heritage: What are the Current Issues?
Why should museums take note of the movement caused by the socio-ecological transition? This presentation will explain the broad outlines of what the socio-ecological transition is. An overview of scientific research in this field will identify the challenges and issues of this transformation for museums. Finally, based on examples of museums that have positioned themselves, she will invite participants to discuss the obstacles and levers for putting into action the socio-ecological transition underway in our society.

Paul Wattez, PhD, University of Ottawa (ON) and Memorial University (NL)
Heritage and Indigenous Peoples : Colonial Principles, Ontological Barriers, and Heritage Governance
The relationship between Indigenous people and heritage in Canada is based on three factors: 1) the perpetuation of colonial policy in the field of heritage through the principle of “protection”, 2) the confirmation of the principle of “preservation” as an ontological obstacle to the apprehension and understanding of what heritage can be from an Aboriginal point of view, and 3) the assertion of heritage governance by Indigenous people as a means of taking charge of their own culture’s heritage. I propose to present the main elements of analysis, drawn from the synthesis I produced in my doctoral dissertation (2020), based on reflections on Indigenous studies in Canada on the political, legal, social and cultural relationships between Indigenous people and the French, British and Canadian colonial authorities, as well as studies on the heritage of Indigenous cultures in the world.

Jessica Minier, Université du Québec en Outaouais (QC)
Joint Acquisition and Shared Custody. Towards Renewed Collecting Policies and Practices
Joint acquisition, which consists of the acquisition of an object by several museum institutions, is a collaborative acquisition modality that has been gaining in popularity over the last 10 years. Despite this acceleration, the only acquisition policy listed that considers it is that of the National Gallery of Canada. More recently, shared custody agreements are also being developed, which allow for the museum process to be based on custodianship and care of works rather than ownership. One such agreement is between the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and artist Carey Newman for the acquisition of Witness Blanket. This presentation will discuss how a global shift in values (sharing, collaboration, mutualization) reflected in current government policies is encouraging this joint practice of acquisition and shared custody. Not only does this change challenge traditional collecting values (ownership, rivalry, accumulation and eternal preservation), it also inspires a renewal of practices and formulations adopted by Canadian museums.