Call for Papers
CALL FOR PAPERS
“Heritage, Law and Discourse: A Triadic Dimension in Protection, Regulation & Identity”
International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
Guest Editors: Anne Wagner & Cheng Le
The past four decades has witnessed the remarkable extension of enthusiasm in cultural
heritage or property from the perspective of international laws, or international legal
framework as the multilevel legal instruments for safeguarding, protection and maintenance
of cultural heritage, property, or rights. In our project, the identification of “Heritage” employs
specific discourses, codes, transcending values, and images that conceal assumption about
members of a people comprising a people within a nation. Heritage narrates constructions of
belongings that become tethered to negotiations for power and resistance over time and
throughout a people’s history leading to powerful discursive narratives. While such likeness
may be preserved, conserved or even perpetuated, the idea of “Heritage” may be socially,
politically, culturally, and historically contested to reveal competing pasts, presents, and
futures, esp. with innovation in arts leading to new social norms and identities.
Besides, the visual decoding of heritage is evocative and ideologically representative with
meanings that prescribe a story of Protection, Regulation and Identity, since these meanings
are subject to multiple interpretations and reinterpretations related to Rights, among the
integrity of heritage right and human rights, and the integrated framework of right in rem and
right in personae. Yet, through semiotic accumulation, evolution and confrontation, there may
be different interdisciplinary paths leading to different truths, to tensions (contestation
and/or negotiation), and applications of significance. We should then investigate these
transmitted values, discourses over time and space.
We should therefore investigate these transmitted values under various perspectives
(amongst others but not limited):
- How to transmit Heritage and which values are being transmitted?
- How are the narratives created?
- Is there a social stratification in transmitting, preserving and conserving Heritage?
- What are the cognitive and symbolic aspects of Heritage through different temporal
parameters? Is there a shift in cultural and/or collective meaning from one space to
- What are the sources?
- What is the relationship between law and “heritage” (tangible or intangible elements)
in visual representations?
- What is the shared collective and/or cultural memory beyond this visual
- How Heritage is connected to the preservation and conservation of a people’s
- How Heritage is interpreted within legal settings or international legal framework from
temporality and spatiality?
- What are the interactions between cultural heritage and human rights within the
diversity and tolerance within socio-legal contexts?
Considering the complexity and diversity in the building of a common memory or discourse
community through tangible and intangible cultural heritage, we would suggest our
contributors interrogate the complex sign system of a particular country or region and their
meanings attentive to a complex configuration of historical, social and cultural conditions that
shift over time and space.
Keywords: Heritage, Sign System, Law, Discourse Narratives, Conservation, Preservation.
Please send your proposal to Anne WAGNER (email@example.com) by late April 2020