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FUTURES LECTURE: Whose Heritage? Preservation, Possession, and People

By Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU

24 May at 4-6 pm.
Stakladen, Frederik Nielsens vej, bygning 1423
Aarhus Universitet

Following the lecture, The School of Culture and Society will host a small reception.


Museums and monument funds typically understand works that they collect, display, and preserve through a concept of heritage. Heritage is meant to explain why various works are to be valued or disavowed, repatriated or collected, dismantled or preserved. Yet it's a concept that's interwoven with other concepts—ancestry, identity, property, memorialization—in ways that can create confusion. Gaining clarity about cultural heritage can help us understand the broader heritage of humankind.