Cultural Mobilities Research (CuMoRe)

Department of Anthropology
Faculty of Social Sciences

CuMoRe is a dynamic and innovation-driven research hub that gathers state-of-the-art expertise with the social sciences and the humanities on human mobility, broadly defined. One of our research axes engages specifically with cultural heritage, one of the core domains of UnaEuropa. Apart from academic publications and conference panels and presentations, CuMoRe researchers are active in civil society activities and in collaborative projects with artists. CuMoRe has links with ICOMOS and UNESCO and is actively involved in the Cultural Heritage Task Force of KU Leuven. In terms of research infrastructure, CuMoRe is located in the Faculty of Social Sciences, with state-of-the-art office spaces, meeting rooms (including videoconference technology) and a library (but visiting researchers, of course, have access to all KU Leuven libraries and resources). Our working language is English because CuMoRe attracts scholars from across the globe who want to spend some time in Leuven to benefit from the vibrant intellectual environment.

While research at CuMoRe involves various themes (e.g. migration and sports), for UnaEuropa our study of cultural heritage is the most relevant axis. At CuMoRe, we are particularly interested in studying the contemporary meaning of cultural heritage for the various stakeholders involved. Recent projects: – New perspectives on heritage governance from traditional Andean organisational principles in the Southeastern Ecuadorian Highlands (2019-2022) – Place creation and place meanings in tourist historical cities: Bachelor parties, symbolic spaces or economic opportunities (2014-2018) Relevant publications: – Salazar, N. B. (2016). One list, a world of difference? The dynamics of global heritage at two neighbouring properties. In C. Brumann & D. Berliner (Eds.), World heritage on the ground: Ethnographic perspectives (pp. 147-170). Oxford: Berghahn. – Salazar, N. B., & Zhu, Y. (2015). Heritage and tourism. In L. Meskell (Ed.), Global heritage: A reader (pp. 240-258). New York: Wiley Blackwell. – Salazar, N. B. (2015). The local-to-global dynamics of World Heritage interpretation. In L. Bourdeau, M. Gravari-Barbas, & M. Robinson (Eds.), World heritage, tourism, and identity: Inscription and co-production (pp. 121-130). Burlington: Ashgate. – Salazar, N. B. (2013). Preventive conservation and the sociocultural values of heritage. In K. Van Balen & A. Vandesande (Eds.), Reflections on preventive conservation, maintenance and monitoring (pp. 112-116). Leuven: Acco.