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Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century

Urbanization is the defining phenomenon of 21st century. For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, an amount that is expected to rise to nearly 70 percent by 2050, with the highest percentage of growth occurring in Asia and Africa. Not only does this growth profoundly affect the physical environment, but it also reveals the rapidly shifting nature of urban populations. The density and diversity of urban encounters and interactions can generate incredible creativity as well as conflict. Within this multidimensional environment, urban heritage can be as dynamic as the city’s population.

This international conference, SHIFTING CITIES: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century, will look specifically at the phenomenon of shifting populations and its effect on urban heritage. Hosted by Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS), this conference will bring together leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to address the complex and interconnected challenges facing cities and their populations. The overarching goal is to identify new approaches towards working effectively with diverse and dynamic populations as part of current efforts to rethink the meaning and practice of heritage conservation within the “shifting cities” that define urbanism in the 21st century. 

Photo Impression

The conference was a big succes and we are working hard on editing the video's made of the lectures to spread the word.

In the meantime, please enjoy a few pictures made during the conference by Anabelle Rodriguez©.

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Welcoming speech by Archer St. Clair Harvey

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Keynote lecture by Ismael Baeh

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Performance by Cimarrones, Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Ensemble.

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Video screening Revolutionary Medicine, by Dr. Luther Castillo Harry, founder of the Garifuna Hospital

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Panorama view exhibition area

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