Conference ‘The Right to (World) Heritage’ 23-25 October 2014. Cottbus, Germany – DEADLINE EXTENDED: 15 May

Call for Papers

“The Right to (World) Heritage”

October 23 – 25,  2014, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April, 2014 Deadline extended: 15 May 2014

 Call for Papers.pdf

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the conference “The ‘Right to [World] Heritage”, which will provide a platform for students, alumni and experts from the heritage field to exchange knowledge and experience, as well as an opportunity to develop short and long-time cooperations.

The conference is organized by the International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V. (IAWHP e.V.) together with the Faculty for Environmental Studies and Process Engineering of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. Financial support is provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


The conference “The Right to [World] Heritage” aims to find innovative solutions to pressing questions concerning [World] Heritage as a human right in the context of existing international agreements and conventions. Current laws shall be discussed with the aim to begin new initiatives with a focus on increasing the inclusion of civil society as well as the use of new information technologies.

The role of [World] Heritage in the struggle between different modern political systems is of central importance to this conference. Amongst other issues, the significance of the properties listed by UNESCO for democracy and its promotion around the world will be analysed.  This includes a discussion about whether the status of a World Heritage property should be dependent on its political background. Furthermore, the issues facing heritage in areas of conflict and the heritage of minorities, which is often particularly endangered and needs more effective protection, will be highlighted.

Target participants

The conference should provide a platform for:

  • Researchers and practitioners of heritage management at local, national and international levels to exchange ideas and experiences;
  • Alumni and students to engage in network building and knowledge transfer;
  • the IAWHP e.V., current students and  heritage experts to develop long term collaboration

Thematic Sessions

Session 1: Heritage and Power. Within this session the right to heritage can be debated  from  historical as well as current political perspectives. The presenters shall use case studies to highlight who are (and were) the actors and decision makers in the areas of cultural and natural heritage protection.

Session 2: Heritage in Armed Conflict. This session analyses the efficacy of existing international instruments for the protection of heritage in times of crisis, e.g. the Hague Convention and its protocols as well as the international “Blue Shield” committee. Further strategies for the prevention of destruction and of smuggling and illicit trade of cultural heritage shall be presented and discussed.

Session 3: Heritage for Everybody. This session will include presentations and discussions surrounding the question of whether [World] Heritage can be interpreted as a human right (‘Global Commons’), in the context of various international conventions. The inclusion of civil society in questions concerning the protection of the cultural and natural heritage will also be discussed in this session.

For the propose paper please submit an abstract in Word (.doc) of max of 300 words in English
The submission should also indicate the following (not included within the specified word limit): the latest by 30th of April 2014 (midnight GMT+1 time zone).

Important Dates

30th April – Deadline for abstracts
30th April – 31st July – Conference Registration
15th May – Notification of abstract acceptance
15th August – Deadline for papers

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