"Rebirthing" Angkor? Heritage between Decadence, Decay, Revival and the Mission to Civilize.
2nd International Workshop about Heritage. 8-10 May 2011 (Heidelberg, Germany)
Organized by Dr. Michael Falser, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europ
The colonial “civilizing mission” drew upon a
certain reservoir of ideological topoi: prominent
among these was the stereotype of a colonised
culture marked by political crises or cultural decadence
and lacking in the competence to conserve
its heritage from a falling into decay. In
Asia the European mission to civilize addressed
a situation that was different from that within modern
Europe where colonized states were held
to have attained a level of cultural achievements
comparable to those of the colonising power.
The workshop intends to analyze and compare
different versions of “civilizing missions” in relation
to the (post)colonial/globalized invention
and instrumentalization of „cultural heritage“.
The workshop‘s three panels focus on a) inner-
European and African contexts, b) Asian case
studies of colonial colonial India, the Dutch Indies,
China and French Indochina, and c) a special
discussion on 20th-century Cambodia and
the temples of Angkor.
This international workshop is organized by the
Chair of Global Art History within the research
project „Heritage as a Transcultural Concept -
Angkor Vat from an Object of Colonial Archaeology
to a Contemporary Global Icon“.
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