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Key Issues in Cultural Heritage

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:42:00 +1100

Two new books from the Key Issues in Cultural Heritage series co-edited by Deakin University’s Professor William (Bill) Logan were formally launched in Melbourne in November.

The two books were titled:

The Heritage of War

Edited by Martin Gegner, Bart Ziino

The Heritage of War is an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which heritage is mobilized in remembering war, and in reconstructing landscapes, political systems and identities after conflict. It examines the deeply contested nature of war heritage in a series of places and contexts.

Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes

Edited by Laurajane Smith, Paul Shackel, Gary Campbell

Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes is both a celebration and commemoration of working class culture. It contains sometimes inspiring accounts of working class communities and people telling their own stories, and weaves together examples of tangible and intangible heritage, place, history.

With Professor Logan and the Australian National University’s Laurajane Smith as the series co-editors, according to the publishers, Routledge, Key Issues in Cultural Heritage is a new and unique series that aims to “identify interdisciplinary debates within the changing and under-theorised field of Heritage Studies and to explore how they impact on the practices not only of heritage management and conservation, but also the processes of production, consumption and engagement with heritage in its many and varied forms.

“Each volume brings together a selection of international contributors and global case studies, providing a balance of theoretical and empirical content.”

The two latest books in the series were jointly launched by Professor Andrew Reevesfrom Monash University and Professor Lee Astheimer, DVC (Research) at Deakin University at an event jointly hosted by The Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the School of Humanities and Social Science.

This is an edited text of Professor Astheimer’s speech from the launch.

Thank you for inviting me this evening to be part of this launch.

Being the DVC (Research) at Deakin, it is probably my role to concentrate a little bit on the Deakin aspect of the event, and particularly Professor William (Bill) Logan.

Bill is one of Australia’s pre-eminent researchers, having helped define the field of Cultural Heritage. We are very proud of Bill’s seminal contributions in this field and this was  recognised recently with his election as a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

There are four Learned Academies in Australia:

  • Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • Australian Academy of Science
  • Australian Academy of Humanities
  • Academy of the Social Sciences

The latter is where Cultural Heritage sits as a disicpline

The purpose of the Academies is to promote the knowledge of their specific disciplines, the achievements and contributions through education, awards and public awareness.

Each has a distinguished membership.

Fellows are nominated by a current Fellow and only those with outstanding and longstanding achievements and contributions are selected.

Bill describes himself as a geographer specialising as both scholar and practitioner in the field of heritage studies. 

Of course he is far more than all of that. He is a leader, and he is a developer of future leaders.

He has been an incredibly generous and inclusive scholar, putting an enormous effort into developing this series, Key Issues in Cultural Heritage, and involving many young researchers as Editors and Contributors to its many volumes.

This has helped to develop the careers and aspirations of  young Australian academics.  

In a similar vein, another of Bill’s great contributions to research has been his role as a mentor of young researchers, not just at Deakin where he has been part of our Developing Research Leaders program, but more broadly within the social sciences.

For this, for his admission to the Academy of Social Sciences, for his defining role in the development of Cultural Heritage Studies and, of course, for the wonderful Routledge series and the two newest additions to it, please join me in congratulating Bill.


Professor Bill Logan
Professor Bill Logan
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  • Key Issues in Cultural Heritage is a new and unique series that aims to “identify interdisciplinary debates within the changing and under-theorised field of Heritage Studies and to explore how they impact on the practices not only of heritage management and conservation, but also the processes of production, consumption and engagement with heritage in its many and varied forms".
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