CROSS BORDER HERITAGE
Shared heritage, common heritage or cross border heritage? Those are terms that mentioned a lot in a symposium on Sunday, 27 January 2019 organized by Kanazawa University, Japan. The symposium topic was "Cross-border Cultural Heritage: Transcending Differences in Interpretation and Building a Common Future."
I was one of the four speakers and my paper titled "Heritage Conservation in Indonesia: Shared Heritage from the Colonial Past?" Basically I talked about paradigm shifts of heritage development of Indonesia from colonial period until now by providing facts and figures. The audience could draw their own conslusion whether or not the colonial past influence it.
I think bilateral cooperation of Indonesia and the Netherlands in cultural heritage is relatively constructive compared to other case studies in the symposium: Israel-Palestine, Turkey-Anatolians (Greece, Armenia) and Japan-Korea. First of all because there is no political conflict anymore. Second, both sides need each other in many ways.
I am thankful that I have opportunities to get involved in this bilateral cooperation for almost 20 years now, 14 years of it from the Netherlands. Indonesia surely goes through an exciting period of raising awareness about importance of cultural heritage. Ensuring that cooperation between the two countries goes well is a privelege for me in my capacity as an independent consultant with passions for cultural heritage.