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A transnational cultural heritage: the case of UNESCO

Gerard Delanty distinguishes transnational heritage from global heritage and argues that UNESCO promotes rather national than transnational heritage.

Gerard Delanty, from the University of Sussex, answers to the question of whether we can speak of transnational heritage.

He distinguishes the notion of transnational heritage from the notion of global or universal heritage and stresses its intercultural dimension. He defines transnational heritage as encounters of different histories and cultures, as entangled memories. He then argues that most UNESCO World Heritage sites do not correspond to this idea of transnational heritage, because this label mainly promotes national landmarks.

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