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Value and Fluidity in Collaborative Heritage Research Planning: Perspectives from the Memory, Meaning-Making and Collections Project

Value and Fluidity in Collaborative Heritage Research Planning: Perspectives from the Memory,... Value and Fluidity in Collaborative Heritage Research Planning Perspectives from the Memory, Meaning- Making and Collections Project MICHAEL J. E. O’ROURKE, University of Toronto Notions of value and signifi cance have long been employed, both con- sciously and unintentionally, as a means of guiding a broad range of her- itage initiatives. Th e degree to which public modes of valuation are eff ec- tively applied in such frameworks has been heartily critiqued, however, particularly with respect to the application of descendant community notions of heritage signifi cance. Th is article addresses the topic of value in heritage research planning, drawing from experiences shared during the planning and implementation of the Memory, Meaning- Making and Collections project, a partnership between First Story Toronto and mem- bers of the University of Toronto and Michigan State University research communities. Th e Memory, Meaning- Making and Collections project was originally developed to mobilize a unique collection of objects under the care of First Story Toronto (fst ), formerly known as the Toronto Na- tive Community History Project, and to investigate the impact of muse- um collections on memory and a range of community- based heritage ini- tiatives. Conducting the project in a fl http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Collaborative Anthropologies University of Nebraska Press

Value and Fluidity in Collaborative Heritage Research Planning: Perspectives from the Memory, Meaning-Making and Collections Project

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Value and Fluidity in Collaborative Heritage Research Planning Perspectives from the Memory, Meaning- Making and Collections Project MICHAEL J. E. O’ROURKE, University of Toronto Notions of value and signifi cance have long been employed, both con- sciously and unintentionally, as a means of guiding a broad range of her- itage initiatives. Th e degree to which public modes of valuation are eff ec- tively applied in such frameworks has been heartily critiqued, however, particularly with respect to the application of descendant community notions of heritage signifi cance. Th is article addresses the topic of value in heritage research planning, drawing from experiences shared during the planning and implementation of the Memory, Meaning- Making and Collections project, a partnership between First Story Toronto and mem- bers of the University of Toronto and Michigan State University research communities. Th e Memory, Meaning- Making and Collections project was originally developed to mobilize a unique collection of objects under the care of First Story Toronto (fst ), formerly known as the Toronto Na- tive Community History Project, and to investigate the impact of muse- um collections on memory and a range of community- based heritage ini- tiatives. Conducting the project in a fl

Journal

Collaborative AnthropologiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 4, 2017

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