The network will host three workshops. The participation is by invitation only, but please get in touch with the network director if you would like to hear more about these meetings.
Workshop 1: Collecting: assembling the material nuclear cultural heritage: This workshop explores the practice of collecting nuclear cultural heritage, because collecting forms the core institutional identity of the heritage and museum sector. First, collecting nuclear cultural heritage faces obstacles related to secrecy and security. How these are negotiated in different contexts? Second, collecting requires creative assessment of potentially new cultural resources and values. Participants will present and examine different institutional and national cases, focusing on collecting as the active management of donor and recipient relationships, including the nuclear industry, cultural heritage professionals and local communities.
Workshop 2: Interpreting: nuclear imaginaries and mediators: This workshop focuses on the meaning-making strategies through which different museum and heritage institutions articulate the nuclear past and future in different national and institutional contexts. Who are the key meaning-makers and mediators and what are their roles in different historical, cultural and institutional contexts? Will nuclear cultural heritage emerge as a new form of symbolic power and what are its potentials and limitations?
Workshop 3: Governing: the politics and policy of nuclear heritage futures: This workshop explores the politics and policy of nuclear cultural heritage at local, regional, national and international levels. Nuclear cultural heritage is made in the context of stringent safety regulation, but it also navigates the complex landscape of environmental, social and cultural policies. All these policy worlds operate with different temporalities and geographic spaces. Does the making of nuclear cultural heritage challenge existing modes of heritage governance? Nuclear cultural heritage engages with both the recent past of the twentieth century and the extreme long term, due to the longevity of nuclear waste. What is the role of the museum and heritage sites in the process of the definition of valuable nuclear objects, their categorisation, regulation, management and preservation?
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