About the blog
“Sites of transformations? Glocal perspectives on UNESCO’s mixed World Heritage Sites” is a PhD project currently undertaken at the University of Oslo . The PhD project is part of a research project entitled “Cultural Transformations in the Age of Globalization (KULTRANS). In short KULTRANS is to conduct research that is transdisciplinary, transnational and transhistorical.
The World Heritage List is among the products the of transnational concerns for the future of the world’s natural and cultural heritage. In short one can say that World Heritage Sites (WHS) are bureaucratic constructions, but they are also sites where past and present meet as well as social, cultural and political discourses take place. As such the status has the opportunity to transform both the local context in which the given site is situated and alter the global community of tourists’ notions of cultural and natural diversity. This project aims to shed new light on the socio-historical development of UNESCO’s mixed cultural and natural sites, and look at the extent to which processes of transformation follow inscription onto the WHList.
During the next three years this blog will function as a means to disseminate and, hopefully, discuss the on-going research and as well as be an online field diary. Furthermore, it discuss heritage tourism and World Heritage more generally.
About the blogger
My name is Herdis Hølleland. Previously I have studied at University College London, Cardiff University and University of Oslo. During and after my years at university I have worked with various project on public and digital dissemination of archaeology and history (Digitale forstyrrelser i Dølabyen, Åpen arkeologi, Digitalt fortalt), edited journals (Nicolay arkeologisk tidsskrift, argument, Primitive tider), undertaken traditional archaeological fieldwork in Iceland, Norway and the UK, worked on Indigenous tourism in Australia and taught cello and chamber music.