Call for chapters

Title: Mobile Heritage: Practices, Interventions, Politics

This edited volume will be submitted to Routledge for publication in the series on Key Issues in Cultural Heritage (KICH) with the support of the series editors Laurajane Smith and Gonul Bozoglu.

Abstract Submission Deadline:  31st July 2022

Editor: Ana-Maria Herman


This edited volume will explore how recent mobile technologies (such as apps, mobile-accessible platforms, gaming, AR, VR, 3D-imaging / printing software, GPS and NFTs) have allowed for a novel set of heritage projects, practices and interventions to be organised (by cultural institutions, artists, activists, commercial organisations, scholars and communities alike) and thereby established new players, roles and directions in digital heritage collection, exhibition design, interaction, activism and management. The volume will not be a ‘how to’ book – instead it will aim to examine this emerging landscape and its unsettling of existing relations between heritage, identity, knowledge, value, wellbeing, sense of place, ownership and power – outlining a new set of political issues, implications and consequences.

The volume seeks international case studies that are theoretically informed that employ empirical methods to explore the intersections between mobile technologies, heritage and politics. These could deal with either tangible or intangible cultural heritage – i.e. digitised images / recordings of photography, paintings, sculpture, film, dance, skills, sound/music, architecture and so on – and they could pertain to diverse heritage projects initiated by cultural institutions, artists, activists, commercial organisations, scholars and communities.

Case studies will be considered from scholars and/or practitioners from the following fields of study or disciplines: museum studies, heritage studies, archaeology, anthropology, STS, media studies, film studies, urban studies, architecture, and sociology – to name a few.

Proposed Timeline:

Deadline for chapter proposals / abstract submissions – 31st July 2022

Full chapter submissions – 31st May 2023

Submission Instructions:

Email a 500-word abstract to before the deadline of 31st July, 2022. Kindly include your name, contact details and affiliations. Final chapter contributions are expected to be approximately 6,000 words.

Please note: Abstracts must clearly identify the argument to be developed in the paper about the impact and consequences to heritage of specific mobile technologies. Proposals that specify the case study, theory, argument, methods and mobile technology will be prioritised.