Abstracts for papers, posters, panels, and demonstrations are now being accepted until January 15, 2011, for the international conference, High-Tech Heritage: How are Digital Technologies Changing Our Views of the Past?, scheduled for May 2-4, 2012 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Digital technologies have led to a new means of envisioning past cultures, eras, and landscapes in a virtual, non-spatial, non-narrative immediacy. What implications does that have for historiographical representation in academic publications and in public interpretation? What role do the digital technologies play in complicating or simplifying the stewardship of historic resources? How do they enhance or trivialize the public interpretation of sites and monuments for the purposes of cultural tourism?

The goal of this conference is to bring together a wide range of academics, museologists, digital specialists, heritage professionals, and community leaders to examine the achievements, opportunities, and serious social challenges of digital heritage. The program will highlight ongoing projects, technological breakthroughs, educational assessments, economic evaluations, and philosophical reflections on the impact of new technologies on heritage research, on collective memory, and on the very concepts of “Place” and “Time.”

Plenary Speakers & Themes

  • Maurizio Forte (University of California, Merced): Emerging Concepts of Time and Space in Virtual Heritage
  • Francis P. McManamon (Digital Antiquity & Arizona State University): Digital Data and New Approaches to Archaeological Heritage Management
  • Maria Roussou (makebelieve design & consulting, Athens): Educational Strategies and Applications for the New Heritage Technologies

Registration Fees

  • Professionals: $175
  • Students: $50

Registration includes conference attendance and program, coffee breaks, and opening and closing receptions for May 2-4. Optional banquet dinner and lunch available on site. Further details and online registration forthcoming.

Read the full call for papers and submit online at http://scholarworks.umass.edu/hightechheritage

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