Theses (Historic Preservation)

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Thesis or dissertation

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Multi-heritagization is a product of the contemporary global heritage movement and refers to the phenomenon of different cultural heritage conservation systems overlapping in the same community. The heritagization of rice terrace communities begins with their identification as "Cultural Landscapes". Heritagization is an essential concept in heritage studies, meaning the process of planning, conserving, and using cultural remains from the 'past' - a valued and selective past - through official classification as 'heritage.' The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in Yunnan, China,(红河哈尼梯田) and the Ifugao Rice Terraces in Luzon, Philippines, have been designated as UNESCO's 'World Cultural Landscape Heritage' and recognized as "Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems" (GIAHS). Their double nomination status puts them directly under the influence of multi-heritagization. This thesis explores how these terraces' multiple designations affects their conservation.


agro-cultural landscape, cultural landscape, rice terraces, GIAHS, multi-heritagization



Date Posted: 04 April 2023