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Forthcoming Conferences

Museums in Arabia 2019

26-28 June, Hosted by King’s College London

How are different cultural, political, social and economic actors involved in and shape cultural practices within museums, arts and cultural heritage institutions? And how is this key question addressed within the rapidly developing and complex landscape of the Arabian Peninsula? Academic debate has tended to privilege top-down understandings of museums and cultural organisations in the Gulf States. With scholarly publications primarily focused on large-scale cultural institutions and their symbolic power; the unique operations and distinctive characteristics of Gulf museums and cultural institutions have been often overlooked. The conference aims to shift the focus of academic debate towards grounded arts and cultural practices and their unique operations. We are particularly interested in exploring the regional and international actors and agents who are actively involved in producing (and challenging) cultural formations and systems of knowledge production in (and on) the Gulf. We encourage both critical analyses and case-studies that examine how the actions of individuals and institutions are connected to the broader social, economic and political landscape of the Arabian Peninsula. We also welcome papers that take a theoretical approach to the conference theme, addressing one or several issues that the conference explores. In addition to twenty-minute papers, we may also consider alternative and creative formats of presentation of academic research and critical enquiry, such as films and digital artworks.

Please submit abstracts to: conference@museumsinarabia.com Abstracts should include author’s institutional affiliation, paper title, abstract (400 words maximum), 5-6 keywords, author’s biography (up to 150 words) and contact details. For any queries please email the conference organisers: Dr. Sarina Wakefield, Independent Researcher and Museums and Heritage Consultant, UAE sarinawakefield@mac.com and Dr. Serena Iervolino, King’s College London serena.iervolino@kcl.ac.uk

Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 January 2019.

Conference Registration Fees: £100 / Student/Independent Scholars/Retired Price £30

The Concept(s) of Heritage

The Thirteenth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage

Canberra, Australia - December 13–15, 2019

In the last decade, the discipline of Critical Heritage Studies has been on the rise worldwide. In each language, however, the word “heritage” can mean something different. Beyond this, there are often significant cultural differences; that is, in each culture, country, nation, region or even village, the concept and understanding of heritage can differ. Even, if only slightly nuanced differences, their implications can be significant when it comes to how heritage is understood, performed, practiced, and managed.
The Thirteenth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage will probe these questions in order to examine the concept(s) of heritage, its various meanings, interpretations and uses of across the globe. We invite young researchers across all disciplines and nations 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.

Proposals due by January 1, 2019


Web link to full CFP: https://patrimoine.uqam.ca/actualite/the-thirteenth-international-conference-of-young-researchers-in-heritage-2019-call-for-paper/ 

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.


Researching Digital Cultural Heritage

International Conference

Manchester, 30th November - 1st December 2017 



Call for Papers

"Researching Digital Cultural Heritage" is a 2-day international conference in Manchester (30/11 - 1/12 2017), jointly organised by the University of Manchester and Newcastle University. The conference proposes a critical examination of established and emerging theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks in researching cultural heritage spaces, objects, audiences and practices in the digital realm. This includes both the impact that digital media have in developing new research methodologies and frameworks of analysis of cultural heritage; and the practice of researching digitally mediated or digitally constituted heritage objects, spaces and interactions and the environments in which this research takes place.

We invite proposals for 20min presentations that focus and critically reflect on theoretical, methodological, ethical, or analytical approaches in researching cultural heritage in the digital realm. Indicative themes include:

  • Current and emerging research design, methodologies, methods and tools in researching cultural heritage in the digital realm (e.g. digital ethnography, social network analysis, visual analysis, sentiment analysis, text mining, big data, data visualisation, digital archives, web and social media analytics)

  • Digitally enabled collaborative, participatory and reflexive approaches in cultural heritage design, research and practice

  • Ethical considerations and processes in researching digital cultural heritage

  • Researching digital materiality in cultural heritage

  • Researching social media and digital games as cultural heritage

  • Researching audiences in digital cultural heritage environments

  • Researching organisational strategies, structures, processes and workforce in digital cultural heritage

  • Digital/online cultural heritage spaces as research environments

Please find the full Call for Papers and proposal template on the conference's webpage: www.manchester.ac.uk/digitalheritageconference

Deadline for Proposals: Friday 21st July 2017

Conference email address: digitalheritageconference@gmail.com   

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