Week 5 Question

Why have related fields such as history, art history, and cultural geography surpassed preservation in terms of reflective and critical analysis? Is it that preservation has been stunted and is still considered an emerging academic field, or that it straddles too many fields? Could it be related to preservation’s connection to material and fabric that have limited the scope of what has historically been considered worthy of recognition (recalling Kaufman’s observation that it’s harder to come up with justification to preserve heavily modified and used structures vs monuments or masterpieces)?


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