Meaning making in the cosmopolitics of heritage

Christine Tarbett-Buckley

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The cosmopolitics of heritage refers to the politics of working cosmologies together and separately simultaneously, in making meaningful stories of the multiple and complex histories that contribute to any place's heritage. In this paper, I recount a visit to a World Heritage site in the Northern Territory of Australia. My story describes a seemingly modest disconcertment about the on-site presentation of the place. Taking this disconcertment seriously I point to some compromises that have been made in waging the cosmopolitics of designing the presentation. My aim in articulating this is to suggest that there are better and worse ways of making these compromises and that careful explicitness, even if the story of place becomes complex and complicated, is a helpful step towards achieving this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-56
Number of pages7
JournalLearning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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