Call for Papers – Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage – Deadline: April 10, 2017

Call for Papers

Heritage Communities

Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage

Université du Québec à Montréal

September 28 – 30 september, 2017

The Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage is pleased to inform you of the Call for Papers for the Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage, which will be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), September 28 to 30, on the theme of Heritage Communities.

In an increasingly globalized world, our definition of community may have expanded and changed, but a sense of belonging is just as important as ever. One important example of this is the phenomenon of heritage communities, which are united by cultural heritage. Although there is a multitude of possible definitions, The Faro Convention defines them as groups “of people who value specific aspects of cultural heritage which they wish, within the framework of public action, to sustain and transmit to future generations.” Beyond a simple interest in a particular heritage, then, these communities come together in order to enact change and to put into motion the necessary steps to protect and pass on that heritage about which they are passionate.

The Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage seeks to dive into these issues and to explore questions such as: Who becomes involved in such projects and how? How are heritage communities encouraged and fostered? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such communities? How do these groups work with or in isolation from established heritage narratives and structures? Are these communities influenced by such structures, and, if so, how? What are the challenges faced? Who are the investors and to what end(s)? What are the funding mechanisms for heritage conservation in such cases, and how do they differ from or respond to models of traditional, welfare-state funding mechanisms? Successful endeavors as well as those that have failed, can tellingly provide us with lessons for the future. Following from these ideas, this conference will seek to interrogate the ethical, political, cultural and social challenges and issues of heritage communities along three principal, but non-exclusive, axes:

  • The genesis and development of heritage communities
  • Integrated approaches to the management of cultural heritage: the role of heritage communities between the different levels of public authority (local, regional or national)
  • The importance of public input in the establishment of regional and national priorities with respect to cultural heritage: what place is there for heritage communities?

For more information, you can consult and download the full text of the Call for Papers at:

Deadline for submitting a proposal: April 10, 2017.

Thank you in advance for circulating this announcement to your networks !


Chaire de recherche du Canada en patrimoine urbain

Université du Québec à Montréal

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