The Concept(s) of Heritage The Thirteenth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage

The Thirteenth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage - The concept(s) of heritage
13-15 December 2019.
Canberra, Australia.
The thirteenth installment of the International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage will be held at the Australian National University at Canberra, under the scientific direction of Dr Jessica Mace and Dr Yujie Zhu. The conference wishes to examine the concept(s) of heritage, its various meanings, interpretations and uses across the globe. It primarily seeks to examine the ontologies of heritage, i.e. how the concept of heritage has changed over time, how is it changing presently, and what this might bring for the future.Young researchers across all disciplines and nations are invited to submit proposals for 20–minute papers based on any aspect of the concept of heritage, from comparative case studies to theoretical analyses, that will instigate further discussions and reflections. Proposals should be no more than 500 words, accompanied by a title and a short biography, and must be sent to by January 1, 2019. Proposals can be in either English or French, but it is recommended that papers be presented in English. All proposals will be evaluated by a scientific committee and judged in relation to their originality and to the conference theme. Travel expenses may be partially subsidized, subject to budgetary restrictions. As with the previous twelve conferences, it is possible that the best papers presented at the conference may be scientifically evaluated and published in an edited volume.

Yujie Zhu
13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the IntangibleCultural Heritage

13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the IntangibleCultural Heritage
26 November - 1 December 2018.
Port Louis, Mauritius.

The thirteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the IntangibleCultural Heritage will take place in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, from Monday 26 November to Saturday 1 December 2018, at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC). The meeting will be chaired by the Honourable Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius.
Over the six days, the twenty-four States Members of the Committee, elected by the General Assembly of the 2003 Convention, are to discuss a number of issues that are important for the safeguarding of living heritage around the world.
As every year, the international cooperation mechanisms established under the 2003 Convention such as inscriptions on the Lists, register of Good Safeguarding Practices and requests for International Assistance together with the examination of national reports are inscribed on the agenda of the meeting. On this occasion, the Committee will also examine the reform of the periodic reporting mechanism, further discuss the roles of accredited NGOs, reflect on how to follow up on issues related to elements already inscribed, as well as continue its deliberations on the complex role that communities play in safeguarding their living heritage at risk in emergencies.
Further information

Yujie Zhu
Conference: Folklore and the NationThe annual conference of The Folklore Society

Folklore and the Nation
The annual conference of The Folklore Society
29-31 March 2019.
University of Derby, United Kingdom.
Call for papers—first deadline Sunday 9 December, 2018
The conference will like to examine how, why and when folklore has been deployed in the context of national ideologies and ideas of nationhood. The conference accommodates the use of folklore in exclusionary and disciplinary deployments of nationalism, whilst remaining open to flexible definitions of nationalism, in the form of solidarity, ethnicity, diaspora and nations within nations. It welcomes perspectives from Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Ethnology, Ethnomusicology, History, Literary Studies, Sociology and other disciplines. It also invites contemporary and historical understandings of the many connections between folklore and the nation. Contributions might look at the local and the national, links and similarities between nations and the role of gender and sexualities, in addition to traditional forms such storytelling, folk song, dance and costume, amongst others. 
Proposals of 100–150 words, for presentations of 20 minutes, should be emailed to: and copied to Please include a brief biographical note, including contact details.
For more information:

Yujie Zhu
CFP: 7th International and Interdisciplinary Emotional Geographies Conference

Western Sydney University has the privilege to host the 7th International and Interdisciplinary Emotional Geographies Conference at Parramatta South Campus. This well-known international conference showcases interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses and advances the field of emotional geographies. The conference is linked to the international journal Emotion, Space and Society, published by Elsevier, which Professor Andrew Gorman-Murray (SSAP) co-edits with Dr Kye Askins (University of Glasgow) and Associate Professor Kate Swanson (San Diego State University). The conference has been held previously at: Lancaster, UK, 2002; Kingston, Canada, 2006; Adelaide, Australia, 2010; Groningen, The Netherlands, 2013; Edinburgh, UK, 2015; and Long Beach, USA, 2017. Building on a lineage of internationalisation and interdisciplinarity, the seventh conference promises to provide a forum for researchers from different disciplines to investigate and explore the role of emotion and affect in social and spatial processes.


About Western Sydney University and the Conference Theme

The geography discipline at Western Sydney University is rated 4 (above world standard) in the Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) framework, and is ranked in the Top 200 globally by the QS University Rankings. Western Sydney University has diverse, multidisciplinary expertise in emotional geographies, encompassing researchers from a range of disciplines, including geography, heritage studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and educationWork within emotional geographies speaks to Western Sydney University’s four research themes: Urban Living and Society, Health and Wellbeing, Education and Work, and Environment and Sustainability. The 7th International and Interdisciplinary Emotional Geographies Conference provides an excellent setting to enrich the engagement of emotional geographies with these research themes.

Yujie Zhu
Conference on "Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe," June 19-21, 2019 in Groningen, Netherlands

Conference on "Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe," which the Centre for Religion and Heritage at the University of Groningen is organizing together with leading Dutch and international heritage organizations: Groningen Historic Churches Foundation, Museum Catharijneconvent, Jewish Historical Quarter (JCK), and the Future for Religious Heritage. It will take place from June 19-21, 2019 in Groningen, Netherlands.

It is our aim to create a forum for the exchange of ideas between scholars and heritage professionals on topics related to heritage work in a rapidly changing European religious landscape. In this spirit, we are seeking contributions from heritage organizations who have thought about issues of diversity, secularization, outreach and can share their experiences. The enclosed call for papers outlines some questions and requests submissions. We are also open to other forms of engagement, for example through participation in roundtable discussions.

We would be pleased if you would circulate this announcement via your networks. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lieke Wijnia (, who is the organizer of the conference.

To coincide with the conference, we are also hosting a university summer school together with the International Network for Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE).


Yujie Zhu