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Governing Heritage Dissonance: Promises and Realities of Selected Cultural Policies

By Visnja Kisic, European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam, 2017, 324 pages

The publication Governing Heritage Dissonance: Promises and Realities of Selected Cultural Policies by Visnja Kisic is the result of the 10th Cultural Policy Research Award in 2013. Her research focuses on the discourses, policies and practices (four case studies) of cultural heritage in the Western Balkans in the Post-Yugoslav period, and proves to be not only extremely relevant but also highly timely in today's European context. Drawing on illuminating case studies from South East Europe, Kisic connects heritage studies and cultural policies with issues of difference, conflict and reconciliation, prompting us to rethink how we approach the past and deal with diversities between cultures, nations and generations at a time of increasing fragmentation across Europe. Her timely analysis suggests ways of approaching our common heritage that could open up avenues to a better design for Europe's common future.

The publication is available online at www.culturalfoundation.eu/library/cpra-2013