Lecture and Book Signing in Chicago

The University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies is Pleased to Announce:


The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage and Tourism

A Lecture and Discussion by Michael A. Di Giovine


Saturday, December 13, 2008 

2:30 PM

Gleacher Center Theater, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza


Asian Classics and Basic Program Lecturer Michael A. Di Giovine will trace the origins and development of the concepts of “heritage” and “monumentality,” and how UNESCO uses them to create peace through its World Heritage program. He argues that World Heritage sites are building blocks of a new social system called the heritage-scape—an imaginative re‑ordering of the world that exists “in the minds of men.” Using Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat as a case study, he will discuss the shifting narratives that various communities used throughout time to claim the important 11th-century Hindu and Buddhist site, and what understandings contemporary visitors take away from their experience.

A discussion session and signing will follow.


Admission is free and open to the public, but RSVP is strongly encouraged. Please visit https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/php/offering.php?oi=4850




“The most thorough and sophisticated examination of the UNESCO heritage system to date. … His knowledge is encyclopedic and critical. This is a book to be enjoyed for its timeliness, its revealing anecdotes, and its attention to contemporary social theory."

—Nelson Graburn, University of California, Berkeley


 “This important book…is clearly essential for all interested in the relationships and meanings which lie behind, and are generated by, the notion of World Heritage.”                    

Mike Robinson, Director, Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University