ACHS 2020: Futures – Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference

26 August — 30 August 2020 UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way

ACHS 2020: Futures
Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference
University College London, UK
26th August-30th August 2020

Organised by the UCL Institute of Archaeology at University College London in association with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Heritage Priority Area. The conference takes place in the heart of London’s historic Bloomsbury at UCL’s 20 Bedford Way.

For more information, please visit the conference’s website:

The conference’s theme—Futures—invites participants to explore a range of issues, including the future of critical heritage studies; newly emerging concepts, themes and methods for the study of heritage; the future of heritage management, governance and diplomacy; evolving and nascent forms of heritage, and how they might be recognised; heritage as future-making; the “time” of heritage and its relationship with the past, present and future; future impacts of climatological, ecological, economic, political and social change on heritage; future relations of natural and cultural heritage in the light of the recognition of the Anthropocene; and the future of heritage itself.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the world’s leading international centres of expertise for research and teaching in the fields of Museum Studies, Conservation, Cultural Heritage Studies, and Public Archaeology. The IoA has a long history of promoting Critical Heritage Studies as a field of academic research and teaching and a long association with the ACHS.

The conference sub-themes are:

  • Arts and Creative Practice
  • Future Policies and Politics of Heritage
  • Environmental Change and the Anthropocene
  • Digital Futures in and for Heritage
  • Folklore and Intangible Heritages
  • Heritage and Foodways
  • Conflict Heritage and Conflicted Heritages
  • Urban Heritage Futures
  • Future Methods and Approaches to Critical Heritage Studies
  • Future Landscapes of Heritage
  • The Future Museum: Collections and Collecting
  • Heritage and Time
  • The Futures of Heritage
  • Mobilities and Migration
  • Open Sub-theme

The Call for Participation is now open and the submission deadline is October 15 2019. Submissions should be made via the conference abstract management provider Ex Ordo here.

We look forward to welcoming you to London in the Summer of 2020.

Please send any queries to




20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL