Global Heritage, Religion, and Secularism

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 4 - 5pm
Dr. Trinidad Rico

As part of its 2021–2022 UMD Heritage Lecture series, The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park, would like to invite you to participate in a free webinar.

Global Heritage, Religion, and Secularism 

by Dr. Trinidad Rico
Associate Professor and Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
Rutgers University




Religion and spirituality have been scarcely addressed in heritage preservation history, discourse, and practice. More recently, increased interest in the intersections between the study of religion and heritage preservation in both academic studies and institutional initiatives highlight obstacles that the field has yet to overcome theoretically and methodologically. This talk surveys the convergences of religious and heritage traditions. It argues that the critical heritage turn has not adequately considered the legacy of secularism that underpins the history and contemporary practices of heritage preservation. This omission has left the field of heritage studies ill-equipped to support the study and management of a heritage of religion broadly construed.


Trinidad Rico is Associate Professor and Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies at Rutgers University, with associate appointments in Anthropology, History, Geography, Landscape Architecture and the School of Planning and Public Policy. She is also Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, and Vice President of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. She is author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City; editor of The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents, and co-editor of Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage and co-editor of Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices

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