William Logan

William Logan
Deakin University · Alfred Deakin Research Institute

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Master of Arts, PhD, Diploma of Education

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Introduction
William Logan is Professor Emeritus at Deakin University and fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He was formerly UNESCO Chair of Heritage and Urbanism at Deakin, member of the Heritage Council of Victoria and president of Australia ICOMOS. He is co-editor of the Routledge ‘Key Issues in Cultural Heritage’ book series and the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Heritage Studies (2016). His research interests include World Heritage, heritage and human rights, the heritage of war, heritage and sustainable development, and Asian heritage, especially the urban and intangible heritage of Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and China. He completed writing the in interpretation panels for the Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam, Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Purpose Despite being the intellectual foundation on which the notion of heritage is built and a critical element in all programmes aimed at heritage protection, interpretation as a concept and practice is not well understood or used. Design/methodology/approach The paper explores the reasons for and consequences of heritage interpretation as a co...
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During the Vietnam War, Australia’s armed forces engaged in several major battles with the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. Three of these—Long Tan (1966), Coral-Balmoral (1968) and Binh Ba (1969)—have been quite differently accepted into the Australian national narrative. Long Tan has come to represent the whole Vietnam War for most Austra...
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In post-colonial societies and states coming out of periods of military rule or international isolation, there is a potential to develop new, inclusive forms of heritage, although very often all one sees is the reinforcement of dominant group heritage and continued marginalization of minority groups and their heritage. Myanmar’s tenuous governance...
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In 2015, the General Assembly of States Parties to the World HeritageConvention passed a ground-breaking Sustainable Development policy that seeks to bring the World Heritage system into line with the UN’s sustainable development agenda. World Heritage and Sustainable Development provides a broad overview of the process that brought about the new p...
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Universal heritage principles, theoretical generalisations and so-called best international practice are always modified when applied locally. National governance arrangements and policy frameworks are often the key to understanding what heritage protection actually occurs on the ground. These contextual matters all too commonly lead to heritage de...
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A Companion to Heritage Studies is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art survey of the interdisciplinary study of cultural heritage. Outlines the key themes of research, including cultural preservation, environmental protection, world heritage and tourism, ethics, and human rights Accessibly organized into a substantial framework-setting essay by the...
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Collective cultural rights are commonly perceived as the most neglected or least developed category of human rights. Cultural Rights as Collective Rights – An International Law Perspective endeavours to challenge this view and offers a comprehensive, critical analysis of recent developments in distinct areas of international law and jurisprudence,...
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This paper focuses particularly on how the notion of collective cultural rights is understood in Asia and how such rights are recognized in law and enforced through governmental policy. The discussion links the notions of cultural rights and cultural heritage, drawing inspiration from Comment No. 21 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural...
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More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas, and cities provide the setting for contemporary challenges such as population growth, mass tourism and unequal access to socio-economic opportunities. Urban Heritage, Development and Sustainability examines the impact of these issues on urban heritage, considering innovative approach...
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Myanmar is opening up to the world after fifty years of military rule and heading into times of rapid economic, social, and political transformation. There is some indication that the changes taking place in Myanmar will parallel those faced in Vietnam twenty-five years ago when it, too, emerged from a period of isolation and opened up to global in...
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More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas, and cities provide the setting for contemporary challenges such as population growth, mass tourism and unequal access to socio-economic opportunities. Urban Heritage, Development and Sustainability examines the impact of these issues on urban heritage, considering innovative approach...
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Over the last three decades, community and professional views of what constitutes significant cultural heritage have broadened in many countries around the world. Heritage practice has moved from a narrowly technical or fabric focus to a values-based approach engaging all stakeholders, including indigenous communities. While much Western heritage k...
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The world is witnessing a geopolitical shift towards Asia so profound that the twenty-first century has been tagged the ?Asian century.? This global shift may be reflected in the cultural heritage field, meaning that heritage practitioners, especially in the West, need to know more about Asia's heritage places and conservation approaches and aspira...
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Over the last three decades, community and professional views of what constitutes significant cultural heritage have broadened in many countries around the world. Heritage practice has moved from a narrowly technical or fabric focus to a values-based approach engaging all stakeholders, including indigenous communities. While much Western heritage k...
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When people look at success stories among postcolonial nations, the focus almost always turns to Asia, where many cities in former colonies have become key locations of international commerce and culture. This book brings together a stellar group of scholars from a number of disciplines to explore the rise of Asian cities, including Singapore, Maca...
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Over the last three decades, community and professional views of what constitutes significant cultural heritage have broadened in many countries around the world. Heritage practice has moved from a narrowly technical or fabric focus to a values-based approach engaging all stakeholders, including indigenous communities. While much Western heritage k...
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In Australia, 7 February 2009 has become known as ‘Black Saturday’ because of the bushfire catastrophe that took 173 lives and devastated communities in the central parts of the State of Victoria. The paper considers how the 2009 fires have been recorded, how the issue of accountability has been dealt with, particularly in relation to the State and...
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The present article investigates the linkages between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity and enforcing human rights. While there seems to be a growing awareness of these linkages in international heritage and human rights circles, they remain poorly understood by many heritage practitioners who see their conservation work...
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This book focuses on the balance between protecting human rights and protecting world heritage sites. It concerns itself with the idea that the management of heritage properties worldwide may fail to adequately respect traditional entitlements and rights of individuals and communities living within or being affected by changes in the use of these s...
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This volume is a timely analysis of current theories and practises in urban heritage, with particular reference to the conflict between, and potential reconciliation of, conservation and development goals.
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The conflicts that abound around the world between different groups struggling to control the definition, management, and use of heritage give rise to many issues that need to be foregrounded in scholarly and professional debates. Focusing on UNESCO’s World Heritage system, this paper asks: Why and how do nation states avoid respecting heritage rig...
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It is over a decade since the volume The Disappearing Asian City (Logan 2002) was published. An edited volume bringing together a number of experts on the region, the book identified the threats facing buildings, archaeological sites and the historic character of cities, as well as the myriad of challenges of raising civic and regulatory awareness...
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The recent heritage literature abounds with criticism of UNESCO and the system set up under its World Heritage Convention. Much of this criticism would be better directed at the States Parties to the Convention, most of which operate in ways that serve their own national interest. Some, however, give mixed signals and demonstrate behaviour that see...
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This article explores the changing ways in which Australians and Vietnamese remember and memorialize their involvement in the Vietnam War and how these processes intersect with notions of reconciliation and historical justice in postwar contexts. It uses the Battle of Long Tan of August 1966 as an entrée into these considerations and questions whet...
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This article explores the changing ways in which Australians and Vietnamese remember and memorialize their involvement in the Vietnam War and how these processes intersect with notions of reconciliation and historical justice in postwar contexts. It uses the Battle of Long Tan of August 1966 as an entrée into these considerations and questions how...
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Cultural heritage should not be seen merely as a technical matter or from a narrow visitor management point of view but rather as cultural practice—a form of cultural politics dominated by ruling regimes and social groups in which decisions are made about the future of and access to scarce resources. Several scholars have sought to push this approa...
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The present article investigates the linkages between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity and enforcing human rights. While there seems to be a growing awareness of these linkages in international heritage and human rights circles, they remain poorly understood by many heritage practitioners who see their conservation work...
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Citizenship, culture and globalization, as recent history demonstrates, can be an explosive mix, with the capacity to unsettle not only traditional modes of belonging, but also established ways of thinking about being and belonging. Destabilizing boundaries between culture and state, self and other, sameness and difference, cultural citizenship in...
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This theoretically innovative anthology investigates the problematic linkages between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity, defining and establishing cultural citizenship, and enforcing human rights. It is the first publication to address the notions of cultural diversity, cultural heritage and human rights in one volume. H...
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This theoretically innovative anthology investigates the problematic linkages between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity, defining and establishing cultural citizenship, and enforcing human rights. It is the first publication to address the notions of cultural diversity, cultural heritage and human rights in one volume. H...
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This theoretically innovative anthology investigates the problematic linkages between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity, defining and establishing cultural citizenship, and enforcing human rights. It is the first publication to address the notions of cultural diversity, cultural heritage and human rights in one volume. H...
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This volume in the Key Issues in Cultural Heritage series investigates the linkages between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diver-sity and enforcing human rights. The three concepts of cultural diversity, heritage and human rights have been researched widely over the past 60 years since the United Nations Organization (1945) and...
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Hanoi, like most capital cities, performs functions at three levels. It is home to its residents and provides local level services for them. But it also has a role as a city for all citizens of the Vietnamese state, performing capital city functions across the entire national territory as well as beyond national borders. Hanoi is especially interes...
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Hanoi, like most capital cities, performs functions at three levels. It is home to its residents and provides local level services for them. But it also has a role as a city for all citizens of the Vietnamese state, performing capital city functions across the entire national territory as well as beyond national borders. Hanoi is especially interes...
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On 20 January 2006, Romania became the 30th State Party to sign UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage. This meant that the Convention, which had been approved by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2003, entered into force on 20 April 2006 (as it required 30 signatories to become operational). The Convention signaled the expans...
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Providing insights into this neglected Southeast Asian city, this interesting book interprets Vientiane's landscape - physical as well as imagined - as a reflection of key aspects of Lao geo-political history, the nature of Lao urbanism, and its critical relation to constructions of Lao identity in the contemporary period. It is argued that the pat...
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Hanoi promotes itself both as a place for foreign investment in urban development and as the 'cradle of Vietnamese civilisation'. Special status is given to places of national heritage significance, and policy makers and planners face challenges of balancing heritage conservation and modern development. By contrast, the former capital, Hue, continu...
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At a recent conference of the International Planning History Society, Michael Cohen, formerly of the World Bank, argued that ‘the city is missing in action’: While we, as urbanists, are passionate about our belief in the mysteries and potentialities of the city, and the role of the city in history — past, present, and future — the city is not prese...
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As Vietnam opened up to the West since the late 1980s, awareness of the architectural richness of the national capital, Hanoi, has grown. Its striking combination of Chinese-influenced shop-houses, French boulevards, Soviet housing and recent Western-style commercial developments in unique. Hanoi: Biography of a City is the first book to trace the...
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In the 1990s renewed Western interest in Vietnam has led to a surge in tourist numbers. For many of the world's tourists Vietnam now represents a unique, exotic, and unexplored travel option, the new "Asian Adventure." Some elements of the Western media and business world have seen a new Asian tiger in the making. However, growth in international t...
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Since the introduction of the doi moi (renovation) policies in 1986, economic liberalisation and modernisation have led to redevelopment pressures on the cultural heritage of Vietnam's cities. A lively debate has ensued, most notably in the capital. Hanoi, about what is worth keeping. The views of international and local developers are opposed to t...
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Economic stagnation has minimized redevelopment pressures so that Hanoi's Old Sector remains largely intact. Its protection is important for the national and local economies and as part of Vietnam's cultural policy. The 1986 introduction of the doi mel policies in Hanoi has led to rapid environmental change, now exacerbated by the lifting of the Un...
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The university in Vietnam represents a thread of continuity that has managed to survive the political, economic and social turmoil faced so frequently by the Vietnamese people. This paper traces the evolution of the Vietnamese university in terms of its site planning and building design from the Hanoi Van Mieu, a Confucian 'temple of literature' wh...

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This Australian Research Council funded project brings together previously separate discourses in UNESCO, WIPO and other international organisations about intangible cultural heritage. It examines Asian case studies to show how international principles and concepts are locally implemented. Different terminologies and interpretations of 'rights' under international conventions have underpinned cross-border conflicts about cultural and intellectual property claimed by neighbouring countries and communities for tourism and development purposes. The project analyses the legal, institutional, political and cultural reasons for such conflicts and develops practical proposals for promoting international reconciliation and enhanced international cooperation in heritage protection.
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