The DigiCONFLICT Consortium Publishes a Special Issue of Santander Art and Culture Law Review dedicated to Technology and Cultural Heritage

Issue number 2 (2020) of the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Santander Art and Culture Law Review (SAACLR) focuses on the current challenges faced by cultural heritage law and policy in view of the changes brought about by the emerging prominence of digital technologies. As explained by the special issue’s co-editors, Ewa Manikowska, Gil Pasternak and Malin Thor Tureby, digitization is nowadays at the heart of national and supranational cultural heritage policies worldwide, shifting traditional approaches to cultural heritage quite dramatically. If traditionally cultural heritage has been associated with ideas of preservation, access and education, now technological advance—digital technology in particular—position it in direct connection with questions concerning global perspectives, the economy and ideas about democracy. Although institutional stakeholders and policy-makers strive to keep pace with rapidly-changing technological innovations and possibilities, the special issue demonstrate that many of them grapple with definitions of cultural heritage, processes and procedures that emerged in the pre-digital era of “classical” (i.e. “analogue”) heritage. Comprising interviews, research articles and legal commentaries, the special issue reflects on the growing need to define and systematize digital heritage and the implications of digitization on cultural heritage. The many contributors, who come from multiple academic disciplines and professional backgrounds, signal the pitfalls and inconsistencies of existing definitions, legal frameworks and policies, while proposing solutions and innovative viewpoints. The complete special issue has been published open access and is therefore available via the Santander Art and Culture Law Review website.

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