Session: #740

Theme & Session Format

Archaeology and the European Year of Cultural Heritage
Session format:
Session, made up of a combination of papers, max. 15 minutes each

Title & Content

Glocal Identities - Different Values of Cultural Heritage Sites
Archaeological cultural heritage sites may embody an interesting range of roles in society beyond their purely scientific value. Besides the historical worthiness mostly the touristic value is looked at. Albeit more and more it is recognized that heritage sites have an immediate significance for the people who live in their environment beyond the economical valorisation. E.g. culture as driving factor for identification is one of the main policies of the EU for structural cohesion amongst the member states. In the framework of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a local significance of heritage is being broadened by a global claim of importance and responsibility. In line with the UN's organizational objectives, the World Heritage Program was designed to connect people across borders and make an active contribution to solidarity on all levels.
The purpose of this session is to present examples of how cultural heritage sites express their meaning beyond their economic impact within their local community and in particular reach out on a transnational level to overcome cultural and language barriers to invite people to share their common heritage. Amongst others, it shall be discussed which are the preconditions for a suitable site management so that cultural heritage can fulfil this function. To which extent can local communities contribute to this goal themselves? Which barriers should be removed in the future and which bridges already facilitate transnational exchange?
cultural heritage, Identities, glocalism, communities
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Main organiser:
Magistra Carmen Loew (Austria) 1
Magister Cyril Dworsky (Austria) 1
Dejan Veranič (Slovenia) 2
Fanny Granier (France) 3
1. Kuratorium Pfahlbauten - UNESCO World Heritage Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
2. UNESCO kolišča na Igu,JZ Krajinski park, Ljubljansko barje
3. Ministère de la Cutlure, DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes