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Eurocentric heritage philosophies stand at the centre of a long and critical discourse that is adamant in challenging the changing nature of heritage management in today’s globalised world. With the very ‘chartering’ of heritage by global bodies like UNESCO and ICCROM, a ‘Euro-HeritageSpeak’ has integrated itself into national legislations worldwide. This is especially visible with nations that maintain ties with their former colonial powers in embracing their mutual cultural heritage. When mismanaged, however, the dominant Eurocentric model regularly finds itself as the primary determinant for criteria, statues and sanctions in these countries. This thus poses a great challenge for a local-level interaction with the past and a grassroots willingness for custodianship of heritage sites. Numerous questions arise concerning community engagement or where the nexus of global and local - or ‘glocal’ - initiatives meet. As such, there is a need for new modes of representation where authority is shifted towards community-based platforms that evoke alternative senses of belonging and recognition. The ongoing projects of CIE- Centre for International Heritage Activities (Leiden) including its online knowledge platform the Heritage Emporium and its field schools at Robben Island, South Africa will be presented as a conceptualisation of these needs. Both projects advocate alternative ways of visualising and studying local and official national narratives and call for a profound reconfiguration of current heritage management. By introducing these projects collaborative with NYUAD and other colleagues’ different understandings of this subject a dialogue will be opened in an effort to propose sustainable heritage protection applications.