De-“heritageization”-coloniality-patriarchy: associated deconstructive processes necessary in the tension by the dispute of senses.




The processes of “heritageization” generated by the states and other institutions (academic, public ...) although they were initially attractive as forms of conservation and respect for diversity, they have not been neutral. This in as much, the common goods are selected, activated, become heritage and are capitalized, inserting themselves within the neoliberal dynamics that commodify objects and subjects.

It is increasingly evident that those processes project gender inequality, racism or institutional hegemony, perpetuate the abuse of power and promote the mercantilism of objects, places, identities and memories.

But there are practices that deal with these processes. In community museums, the population builds, disseminates and manages their local knowledge and identity.

Other initiatives are curatorships where the forbidden is named, sexuality, gender identity, tensions and conflicts are discussed, being powerful critical instruments of what is established. There are archaeological projects where the construction of the past is done in a participative way, provoking the visibility of the knowledge of the local senses and the configuration of a non-hegemonic history.

This symposium invites to explore de-patrimoniales and decolonial practices and languages hat transform and question narratives and hegemonic, eurocentric and patriarchal representations from our academic discourses in museums, exhibition spaces, archaeological sites or places of memory where we intervene.

We intend to generate a discussion forum for these issues, develop a cartography of initiatives and begin to create a toolbox that allows us to question ourselves and work towards practices of resignification of the past and the present.


key words:

De-“heritageization”, decoloniality, anti-patriarchy, community museums and curatorships.




Carmen Pérez, Punku, Centro de Investigación Andina. Perú. La Ponte ecomuseo. España.

Alejandra Korstanje, Lic. En Historia (FFyL, UNT), Dra en Arqueología (FCsNat Universidad Nacional de Tucumán UNT), Arqueóloga e intérprete de patrimonio cultural. PhD candidate, Universidad de Alcalá, España. Coordinadora del Museo Rural Comunitario (Catamarca, Argentina) y militante social. Profesora Asociada de Metodología y Técnicas de la Investigación Arqueológica (UNT). Investigadora Independiente CONICET.


symposium commentator.


Patricia Arenas, Antropóloga (FFyL de la UBA), Doctora en Historia (FFyL, UNT). y militante social. Profesora Asociada de Historia de la Teoría Antropológica y de Metodología de la Investigación Antropológica para Arqueólogos (UNT). Directora de la Especialización en Estudios Culturales e Investigadora del INDES (Universidad de Santiago del Estero).