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Forthcoming Conferences

Somewhere In Between: Border and Borderlands - London, UK
29th April, 2017

In an ever changing world the problems of setting boundaries as well as the need to create meanings and establish understanding of diverse phenomena have always been of the utmost importance for humanity. Borders, boundaries, frontiers, and borderlands, naturally formed or man made, are grounded in various ethical traditions, and have always been associated with limits and restrictions. The ongoing process of globalisation is changing the role and stereotypes of borders, so that they are often seen as opportunities rather than constraints. However, in some cases they are still being militarized and conflicted.

The conference will seek to identify and analyse the processes of border-making and border permeability in contemporary societies through aesthetic forms. We seek to explore the historical origins of borders, their role in today’s global environment and define the notion of borders, which includes not only territorial, geographical, and political borders, but also cultural and metaphorical borders, imagined spaces where interests and ideologies overlap and compete.

Conference panels will be related, but not limited, to:

  • border poetics

  • border-crossing

  • security versus openness of borders

  • cultural hybridization

  • cross‐border co‐operation

  • processes of de‐bordering

  • borders and refugees

  • social, cultural or language differences between communities

We invite proposals from various disciplines including political sciences, history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, architecture, literature, linguistics, etc.

Paper proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 28 February 2017 to: borders@irf-network.org.


Conference: Sufi Cultural Heritage. A Transcultural Dialogue with Critical and Alternative Cultural Traditions, Karachi, Pakistan
5-7 May 2017

The conceptualization of culture in anthropology appreciates and acknowledges the diversity and heterogeneity. Cultures are viewed and interpreted in terms of variation, change, transculturality and multiculturality in contrast to monolithic, static and unilineal conception. Moreover, the transcultural and heterogeneous idea of cultures articulates and fosters the concepts of cultural exchanges, translations, contact zones, hybridity and travelling of cultures (Appadurai 2005, Welsch 1999, Medick 2014, Neumann and Nunning 2012, Bhabha 1994) which could be used to transcultural dialogue, conflict transformation and harmony.

Specifically, the transcultural and transnational idea of cultures in the anthropological works by Appadurai has received much attention in theorizing cultures aiming at deconstructing the singular, static and monolithic conception of cultures in the current era of transnational and global exchange. In order to generate interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research dialogue, the wide range of conference themes and sub topics covers the multiple academic fields; anthropology, critical heritage studies, sociology, ethnomusicology, South Asian Studies, Asian Studies, musicology, history, Language and Literature, World arts and literature, Literary Studies, Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Folklore, Religious/Mystical Studies and Muslim cultures, peace studies, countering-terrorism and cultural policy.


City and the Process of Transition - from Early Modern times to the present - Wroclaw, Poland
8th-10th June, 2017

The Doctoral Adam Galos Circle for the History of the 19th and the 20th Centuries invites PhD students and early career scholars to participate in the international conference titled City and the Process of Transition – from Early Modern Times to the Present to be held at the Historical Institute of the University of Wroclaw, June 8th – 10th 2017. The intention of the organizers is to challenge questions concerning the behavior of the city dwellers who faced the lack of stability, resulted primarily from the progressive urbanization and globalization since the early modern era.

We propose to focus on the following issues:

1) Authority and Citizens

We encourage to consider relations between state power and municipal self-government, as well as the attitudes of both of these authorities towards city dwellers. The proposals may address the impact of the policy applied by different levels of officials in terms of: hygiene, health, safety, justice, culture (education, art, fashion), customs (beliefs, mentality, values) or interpersonal relations (clientelism, rivalry, conflicts of interest). Lastly, the question of political and social emancipation of different groups of inhabitants will be equally important.

2) Multicultural Relations

A city was (and still is) an area of a constant inflow of people from outside. One may recall the history of Jewish settlement or the 19th and the 20th century migrations. Hence, the cultural diversity in the urban space was present in different spheres: public, private, intimate. Therefore, the key topics and themes of this part of the conference will include attitudes towards migrants and the coexistence of different ethnic, religious and cultural groups (their adaptation, assimilation, integration).

3) Between Ideal and Reality

People have always created a vision of “ideal city”: Atlantis, Heavenly Jerusalem, Campanella’s City of the Sun, Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh, Niemayer’s Brasilia until today’s Jing-Jin-Ji. We would like to confront the idea of the ideal city and real transformations of the urban space, but also to elucidate the consequences of the city’s ‘expansion’ into suburban areas together with the influence of urbanization and economic changes on daily life.

The aforementioned perspectives suggest the main directions of discussion, although other proposals dealing with the main theme of the conference are also invited.


BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures - Ironbridge Gorge, UK

6th - 10th July, 2017

This conference seeks to explore heritage of bridges –not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape. Please see the website for full details and call for papers.


12th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

July 26th-28th, 2017: Hiroshima, Japan

About the Event: This interdisciplinary conference and its companion collection of journals invite scholars to share perspectives on social, political, cultural, global, environmental, organizational, and educational studies.

Themes include:

  • Social and Community Studies
  • Civic and Political Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Organisational Studies
  • Educational Studies
  • Communication

Proposal Submission Deadline: 1st August, 2016


World Humanities Conference. Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition, Liège, Belgium
6-12 August 2017

Until the Second World War, the Humanities were at the heart of both public debate and the political arena. In recent years, their role has faded and they have been marginalized. It is crucial to stop their marginalization, restore them and impose their presence in the public sphere as well as in public policies. It is not about demonstrating that the humanities are ‘useful’, but to determine their scope and how they can contribute to resolving the main challenges of the third millennium.The session 3 of the 4th Section is dedicated to the Threats to Intangible Heritage.


Cultural Sustainable Tourism

September 4th - 6th, 2017 - Thessaloniki, Greece

Balancing between the society, environment, and tourism in order to lessen the negative impacts, and have more positive effects, can only be achieved through spreading creativity, and cultural diversity, through maintaining awareness for the importance of cultural tourism and their everlasting positive effects. Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST- 2017) discusses the complex relations between Culture, and tourism, and how planners, architects, and main actors and help in conveying and spreading the right perspective of the importance and role of Cultural tourism and how to maintain it. -


“Museum as Visual Text of Culture”, Cherkasy, Ukraine
5-6 September 2017

Languages of the Conference: Ukrainian, and Russian.
Місце проведення: Черкаський обласний художній музей (вул. Хрещатик, 259)
Мета конференції: створення міждисциплінарного поля для полілогу філософів, культурологів, мистецтвознавців, педагогів, музейних працівників для теоретичного осмислення та обговорення традицій та інновацій візуальної культури у контексті проблематики сучасного музею як маркеру її розвитку.
Основні питання конференції:
Роль музею у формуванні національної свідомості: історія, героїка, зв'язок поколінь.
Етнорегіональні виміри візуальності та сучасний музей.
Візуальна герменевтика у просторі художнього музею.
Інтерпретація мистецтва та проблема експозиційних рішень.
Візуально-медійний досвід у сфері музейної комунікації.
Напрями музейної педагогіки: досвід та інновації.
Соціально-орієнтовані музейні проекти: перформативні та інтерактивні практики.
Гендерні аспекти візуального тексту в контексті музейних практик.
Іміджева політика сучасного музею.
Музей і відвідувач: творчість та ідентичність.
Deadline: 25 June 2017.


IV International Conference on Experiences in the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
7-11 November 2017

The conference is organized by the Colegio de Etnólogos y Antropólogos Sociales, A.C. (CEAS) and has as its general objective: To consolidate an international respectful and inclusive academic space, to exchange, analyze and discuss practices or projects aimed at safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The conference language will be Spanish and themes include:

  1. Experiences in Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  2. Strategies for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: a vision of the future.
  3. Intangible Cultural Heritage and Digital Culture.
  4. Research on Intangible Cultural Heritage: specific cases.
  5. Methodologies and use of technologies for research on Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  6. Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property.
  7. Applying international policies: from the global to the local.
  8. Heritage interactions: the relations between the tangible, intangible, natural and bio-cultural heritage

Abstracts may be submitted until April 28, 2017. interested parties should send a summary of between 250 and 500 words in an attached file (Word format), that includes the title of the paper, the name of the author(s), the source (of each one) and a single e-mail address.

For more information: archivodelapabra@gmail.com, Tel: +52 (55) 4040 4300 ext. 412004.
Call for papers: https://ceasmexico.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/convocatoria-iv-ciespci.pdf

Conference on Unroll and Unfold: Preserving Textiles and Thangkas to Last

24-26 November 2017, Hong Kong

Organised by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC); The Palace Museum, Beijing, China; Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSAR, Conservation Office, China. From weaves to wefts, skills to crafts, materials to patterns, culture to creative expressions, care to access, ethics to conservation approaches, preventive to interventive, scientific analyses to technological advancement, the IIC-PM 2017 Hong Kong Symposium will not only enable these subjects to be further explored, best practices and scientific analysis, but also capacitate the diminishing traditional craftsmanship, fabricating processes and the aesthetic qualities connected with textiles, which include painted or woven thangkas, embroideries, court costumes, traditional and ethnic textiles,  unearthed fabricsetc. to be brought into the limelight.  In bringing together Chinese and Western conservators and specialists, we hope that the event will provide delegates with conservation insights and act as a forum for lively discussion to spark off new ideas.


Conference: 19th General Assembly of ICOMOS: Heritage and Democracy, New Delhi, India
11-15 December 2017

The theme of the Scientific Symposium is “Heritage and Democracy” with the following sub themes:
ST01: Integrating Heritage and Sustainable Urban Development by engaging diverse Communities for Heritage Management.
ST02: The Role of Cultural Heritage in Building Peace & Reconciliation.
ST03: Protecting and Interpreting Cultural Heritage in the Age of Digital Empowerment.
ST04: Culture-Nature Journey, Exploring the Complexities of Human Relationships with Natural and Cultural Places.
Deadline: 30 April 2017.


Urban cultures, Superdiversity and Intangible Heritage, Utrecht, The Netherlands
7 February – 9 February, 2018.

Target groups: culture and heritage professionals, scholars, policy stakeholders and others interested in the topic (at least 100 attendants).

Due to processes of migration, the enormously diversified large conurbations of (Western) Europe are both “melting pot” and “salad bowl” with a great variety of cultural and social backgrounds and futures and diverse ethnicities. These large urban agglomerations often struggle with social and economic challenges and volatilities due to high unemployment and sometimes also high crime rates. Projects for urban improvement usually focus on social welfare and on improving living conditions in general. This international conference will focus on the intangible heritage in contemporary urban contexts, by presenting several case studies with different approaches of how intangible heritage is practiced and used as a source fostering social cohesion and cherishing diversity in the city. The year 2018 is the European Cultural Heritage Year, offering an opportunity to highlight the role of living heritage in the processes ofidentity formation of people in Europe. This conference will contribute to a fruitful and utterly relevant reflection about heritage and identity in the age of superdiversity. Interested scholars and heritage workers are invited to submit an abstract (500 words) to Albert van der Zeijden (a.t.vanderzeijden@uu.nl) before May 30, 2017.

Decisions will be announced on July 1, 2017, at the latest.


2nd International Conservation of Architectural Heritage Conference - Luxor, Egypt

23rd - 26th February, 2018

Architecture is the platform where all cultures, heritages, traditions, and histories meet, through architectural conservation, the built heritage is prolonged and conserved by the planning of individuals or organisations that works solely for the purpose of conservation & preservation of Architectural heritage. Through critical decisions that are based on the criteria of combining, artistic, contextual, and informational values, the heritage is preserved, restored, or sometimes, no actions might be taken for the best interest of the cultural and architectural heritage.

Planners, environmentalists, and policy makers, are all working together to ensure the conservation and preservation of the cultural, and architectural heritage to the extent of meeting the needs of the present and the needs for the future. The challenge that we face, is not just the conservation and the protection of the heritage, but also how to convey the importance of preserving our heritage to the individuals, communities, and the cities of the world. The role of each and every individual in each community is as important as the role of the vast organizations that always seek to help and protect the environment, and heritage.

Following the success of the first international conference on “Conservation of Architectural Heritage“, the second version of the conference will take place in Luxor & Aswan, Egypt on the 23rd of February, 2018 till the 26th of February, 2018. Scientific research will foster the attempt to improve the know-how in the field. Expected results include a better understanding of the problems facing architectural heritage, the development of policies favoring its conservation, the definition of practical guidelines and the organization of training and awareness activities.

For more information please visit the website

Or email: cah@ierek.com