Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.
From the Tower of Babel to the Ivory Tower
All the earth had the same language and the same words. Each said to his neighbors, ‘let us build a city and make a name for ourselves.’ YHWH said, ‘Look, it is one people, and one language for all of them. Let us go down and confuse their speech there, so that each will not understand the language of his neighbor.’
Globalization is an enduring utopian ideal. But it is in immemorial conflict with heritage and identity. Hence global hopes are perennially dashed. We long to return to the God-given Edenic unity of the earliest days, when ‘the whole earth was of one language, and of one ...