Inaugural International Conference: Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage


1-3 September, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The University of Stirling, the Palace Museum in Beijing, and Historic Environment Scotland are pleased to announce a three-day international conference to be held in Stirling from 1 to 3 September 2017.

Cultural heritage faces an array of challenges, many of which are replicated across the world. Whilst local circumstances vary, there are opportunities to share experiences and collaborate in finding solutions. As part of the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017, the Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage conference celebrates the newly formed partnership between the University of Stirling, the Palace Museum in Beijing and Historic Environment Scotland. The conference seeks to explore and share approaches to specific challenges in relation to a range of shared issues.

The conference will take place in the City of Stirling, a pivotal location on the nation’s history and a historic site. The main location will be at the stunning University of Stirling and access to other culturally significant sites such as Stirling Castle and the Engine Shed – Scotland’s new national conservation centre. The event will be based around a balance of formal papers, focused workshops and practical site visits.

We invite proposals for panels, individual paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • Assessing Global Challenges.

  • Significance, Value and Meaning in Cultural Heritage.

  • Conservation of Historic Fabric.

  • Technology and Innovation in Heritage.

  • Conservation Challenges and Opportunities.

  • Visitor Management and Engagement

These are some suggested themes – we warmly welcome all contributors on the theme of Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage from any analytical perspective and in a variety of ways.

If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract by completing the online form by Monday 22 May 2017.

500-word abstract (individual paper)
300-word summary plus 300-word per paper (panel)

You will also need to provide the following information: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.

Abstract Submission System:

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If you have any question, please email

Yujie Zhu