Conference: Cultural heritage - challenges for the 21st century

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Thursday, 25 October, 2018 to Friday, 26 October, 2018
Logo Desafios, Portugal

In the context of the current complexity of the economic and social context, globalization and emerging new paradigms, this conference intends to address cultural heritage and to point out possible paths for the future, crossing the fields of culture, society, education, economy and territory. It takes into account the latest documents from the Council of Europe, the European Commission and UNESCO, presenting updated reflections, along with the dissemination of national and international good practices.

The main goals of the conference are: to raise awareness of the importance of the preservation, valorisation and reuse of cultural heritage; to promote a citizen-centred approach, disseminating innovative models of cultural heritage management and highlighting its inclusive role; to highlight the contributions of cultural heritage to society, economy, cultural creation and education.

The conference is structured around three panels:

  1. Heritage, Knowledge and Innovation, which explores the dimensions of study, education, science and digital technology as means to enhance access and enjoyment of heritage, contributing to lifelong education and training and to encourage multiplied disciplinary research, innovation and networking.
  2. Heritage and Sustainability, which proposes the analysis of ways of activating Heritage in its relation with the city, territory, economy and tourism, and of political forms of projecting for the future and centered in the interests of the communities.
  3. Models of Management of Cultural Heritage, which presents significant experiences of territorial, national and regional scope in the governance of cultural heritage and museums that enable the detection of trends, reflection on the results achieved and the comparison of administrative and managerial models.

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Organiser: General Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Portugal, in partnership with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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