World heritage as authentic fake: Paradisic Reef and Wild Tasmania

Pocock, Celmara ORCID: and Collett, David and Knowles, Joan (2022) World heritage as authentic fake: Paradisic Reef and Wild Tasmania. Landscape Research. ISSN 0142-6397


This paper explores how the imagined landscapes that act as a catalyst for World Heritage listing, are unable to be reconciled with formal heritage assessments. We explore this tension through two Australian World Heritage landscapes: the Great Barrier Reef and the Tasmanian Wilderness. The history of these listings suggests a teleological process driven by a desire to create authentic utopias. While utopias are imagined spaces, Paradise at the Reef and the Tasmanian Wilderness are realised through hyperreal landscapes (fakes). However, these wholistic landscapes dissolve into a series of inventories of species and numbers in official listing. We suggest the failure to recognise the hyperreal is a form of false consciousness that creates a tension between managing for formally recognised values and managing the unmanageable utopia, and that a broader use of cultural landscapes might be useful in addressing this divide.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 23:27
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 00:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: World Heritage, authenticity, utopia, environmental campaigns, conservation, landscape
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4302 Heritage, archive and museum studies > 430203 Cultural heritage management (incl. world heritage)
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4302 Heritage, archive and museum studies > 430202 Critical heritage, museum and archive studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130401 Assessment of heritage value
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130404 Conserving natural heritage
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