This issue of MUSEUM International brings together a selection of papers presented at an international symposium on Heritage, conflict and consensus.
The first section of the issue brings together texts that deal with past conflicts and reviews their sustained effects on heritage. The aim is to obtain a consensual representation of the past through the integration of all actors’ interests and histories.
The second section addresses issues concerning human remains and diasporas. These questions shift the question of memory and history in heritage management to that of recognition of individual and community rights within states.
The papers’ main interest is to move from an understanding of heritage still largely dominated by disciplines that focus on describing its forms or historical and cultural content to an analysis of the social and political dynamics and processes of which it is the vector.