Authenticity in Architectural Heritage Conservation

Discourses, Opinions, Experiences in Europe, South and East Asia

  • Katharina Weiler
  • Niels Gutschow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Case Studies from South Asia

  3. Case Studies From East Asia

  4. Interviews

About this book


The book contributes to a recontextualization of authenticity by investigating how this value is created, reenacted, and assigned. Over the course of the last century, authenticity figured as the major parameter for the evaluation of cultural heritage. It was adopted in local and international charters and guidelines on architectural conservation in Europe, South and East Asia. Throughout this period, the concept of authenticity was constantly redefined and transformed to suit new cultural contexts and local concerns. This volume presents colonial and postcolonial discourses, opinions, and experiences in the field of architectural heritage conservation and the use of site-specific practices based on representative case studies presented by art historians, architects, anthropologists, and conservationists from Germany, Nepal, India, China, and Japan. With more than 180 illustrations and a collection of terminologies in German, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Nevari and Nepali, classical Chinese and standard Mandarin, and Japanese, these cross-cultural investigations document the processual re-configuration of the notion of authenticity. They also show that approaches to authenticity can be specified with key analytical categories from transcultural studies: appropriation, transformation, and, in some cases, refusal. 


Reconfiguration of authenticity Asian heritage preservation German monument conservation Architectual history and theory Building repair and maintenance

Editors and affiliations

  • Katharina Weiler
    • 1
  • Niels Gutschow
    • 2
  1. 1.Cluster of ExcellenceHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.South Asia InstituteHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-30522-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-30523-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-656X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-6578
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