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The 3rd Heritage Forum of Central Europe. The City

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The 3rd Heritage Forum of Central Europe. The City
by Tourková Kateřina - Pátek, 22 květen 2015, 9:58

Cities, as mirrors and hallmarks of our civilisation, some of the most spectacular human inventions, are phenomena which challenge full understanding. They are multilayered compositions of social interactions, economics, infrastructure and a growing number of inhabitants. As Jane Jacobs has said, they are a complex problem of interacting factors that are interrelated into an organic whole; at the same time they generate problems of climate change, crime and inequality and, on the other hand, originate creative solutions as well as hopes and dreams for many. Analysing the city brings together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines: urban planners, economists, sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, historians and art historians. It is this interdisciplinarity and innovation that the organisers hope to attract to the debates and sessions of its 3rd Heritage Forum of Central Europe focused on “The City”.
The Heritage Forum of Central Europe is a biennial international conference where specialists from Central Europe, as well as researchers and experts on the region from all over the world, discuss the issues of cultural heritage. The Krakow conference is the voice of Central Europe on the philosophy, management, protection, economics, politics and social issues of cultural heritage. The Forum is organised under the auspices of the V4 Cultural Heritage Experts’ Working Group, comprising Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management in Budapest, Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic and the International Cultural Centre in Krakow.
The programme of the conference will include:

  • Two keynote lectures by renown international experts: Prof. Gregory J. Ashworth (Groningen University) on Cities use heritage as communication but who is communicating what and to whom? and Prof. Christer Gustafsson (Uppsala University) on Conservation 3.0 – integrated conservation in the age of smart specialisation strategies;
  • Plenary discussions with specialists from Central Europe;
  • More than 60 presentations by experts from all over the world held in 6 parallel sessions: • Cities and their narratives, • Heritage in conflict, • Who is the city for?, • Historic Urban Landscape, • Creative heritage cities, • Cityscape, • Revitalisation practices in heritage cities;
  • Sightseeing of Nowa Huta, the first socialist utopian city in Poland.

The conference is held in English. Opening lectures and the closing debate will be translated simultaneously into Polish.
Register now!
Conference fee:

  • speakers selected in the call for papers – 80 EUR
  • participants without a paper – 50 EUR

Students receive 50% discount. Conference fee covers printed materials and catering. Fee does not include accommodation and travel costs. More information: heritageforum3[at]
Co-financed by Kraków Municipality.