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New Book Chapter on Engagement and Performance

Engagement and Performance: created identities in steampunk, cosplay and re-enactment
As part of ongoing research into costumed communities, I’ve just submitted a book chapter for inclusion in The Cultural Moment in Heritage Tourism: New perspectives on performance and engagement.  Edited by Laurajane Smith (Australian National University, Australia), Emma Waterton (University of Western Sydney, Australia), and Steve Watson (Principal Lecturer, Business Management (Marketing & Tourism), York St. John University, UK) and to be published by Routledge, the book

    will explore the interactions of people with places, spaces, intangible heritage and ways of life not as linear alignments, but as seductive ‘moments’ of encounter and engagement, performance and meaning-making which are constitutive of cultural experience in its broadest sense. Our book will aim to explore and map the cultural encounters in heritage tourism as events that capture and constitute important social relations involving power and authority, self-consciousness and social position, gender and space, history and the present.  These insights will also explore the consequences they have for our understanding of ‘heritage’ and its management in the context of tourist activity.

The chapter ‘Engagement and Performance: created identities in steampunk, cosplay and re-enactment’ explores the dynamics of created identities in historical and fictionalised realities and the role of museums in those constructed realities.  One of the things that I wanted to investigate was how steampunks, cosplayers and historical re-enactors construct their identities.  The aim was to establish the moment of meaning-making and notions of perception and authenticity.

I should hear back about whether the chapter has been accepted early next year – fingers crossed and watch this space!

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Book contract signed with Ashgate

I’ve just signed a contract with Ashgate Publishing Group to produce Education, Values and Ethics in International Heritage: learning to respect (ISBN 978-1-4094-2895-4).

The book asks to what extent it is possible to incorporate ‘cultural values’, or differing cultural perspectives, into the educational programme experience (both university level and professional development) of heritage professionals. Both museum and heritage studies and heritage preservation programmes consider ethical behaviour and codes of conduct when working with heritage artefacts. So are subject knowledge and an awareness of ethical practice enough, or does there need to be an additional level of complexity in the educational programme experience of heritage professionals who, potentially, will be working with artefacts from indigenous and ethnic cultures and marginalised groups?

Education, Values and Ethics in International Heritage discusses perceptions of values and ethics and documents the historical, heritage and education context in Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada and the USA. In order to examine contemporary attitudes to communities and heritage institutions, knowledge and awareness of cultural values and perspectives on incorporating cultural values into educational programmes, primary and secondary research from the three case study countries is presented. This is then compared with codes of practice and policy documents from international organisations and contrasted with the values and ethical perspectives from non-indigenous ethnic peoples and marginalised groups.