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Cultural Heritage and Identities

Call for Papers

Theme: Cultural Heritage and Identities
Subtitle: Normative Perspectives, Sustainability and Global Governance
Type: International Conference
Institution: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest
Location: Bucharest (Romania)
Date: 15.–17.11.2019
Deadline: 20.10.2019

The Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest via the
Research Centre for the Study of Rationality and Beliefs, the UNESCO
Chair in Inter-Cultural and Inter-Religious Studies and Public Reason
Journal of Political and Moral Philosophy are pleased to launch the
Call for Papers for the International Conference “Cultural Heritage
and Identities: Normative Perspectives, Sustainability and Global
Governance”. The conference will take place between 15 and 17
November 2019 at the Faculty of Philosophy. Its main goal is to
provide a platform for academic debate on heritage studies from an
interdisciplinary perspective.

This conference is organized with the occasion of the 20th
anniversary of the UNESCO Chair in Inter-Cultural and Inter-Religious
Exchanges. Within the Conference, there will be a special workshop
dedicated to the topic “Cultural Heritage: New Forms, New Actors, New
Identities. National, European and Cosmopolitan Perspectives”.


Over the course of the last few decades, heritage studies became a
field of interdisciplinary research in its own right, with specific
concepts and practices reflecting both its theoretical complexity,
and the evolution of the legal and institutional landscape.

The notion of heritage is closely related to culture and identities,
as individuals and social groups have a central role in selecting
representative elements of tangible and intangible heritage to be
safeguarded by national and international bodies. Heritage is,
therefore, a normative concept, which combines cultural, spiritual,
philosophical, political, national and economic values. In the
context of globalization, as well as emerging new technologies and
communication paradigms, the very notion of heritage is being
constantly reconsidered and its approaches diversified. A noteworthy
initiative is the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the
Intangible Cultural Heritage which has established new standards for
the definition of heritage and its protection. Moreover, not only is
the representational dimension of heritage being reconsidered, but
the social and political values attached to it become more and more
prominent. Thus, policy-making with regard to heritage conservation
and protection emphasises the importance of heritage for the
sustainable development of communities by fostering tourism, creative
industries, which, in the long run, impact on demographics, political
institutions, social mobility and intergenerational solidarity. Last,
but not least, the educational dimension of heritage conservation is
equally important, since it is related to the transmission of values
which legitimize various layers of identities. Conference Topics:

General areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the
following topics:

- Normative Perspectives: political values and cultural heritage;
- Ethics and heritage: cultural appropriation, intellectual property,
 sustainable development, societal impact of new medias and emerging
- Local and global perspectives on heritage: national, regional,
 trans-national identities, spiritual values and the challenges of
 globalization, evolution of identities;
- Philosophical implications and dilemmas generated: the social
 ontology of heritage definition, the phenomenology and ethics of
 identity formation in relation to elements of tangible and
 intangible heritage, social justice and heritage;
- Challenges of global governance in the field of heritage
 conservation and protection;
- Tangible and intangible heritage: conceptual maps, symbolic
 geographies, and the role of collective memory;
- Education and heritage: intergenerational value transmission,
 patriotism versus cosmopolitanism, metamorphoses of traditional
- Digitisation and digitalization of cultural heritage: interactive
 creative industries, digital storytelling.

Information for Participants

Contributions are expected from various areas of social studies and
humanities, with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches, ethics and
political philosophy. Both established researchers and PhD students
are invited to send their presentation proposals in the form of
abstracts not exceeding 500 words by 20th October 2019 at:

Along with the abstract, please send us your contact details: current
affiliation, address and telephone number. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent by 25 October 2019.

The organizers intend to publish a volume including articles inspired
by the papers from the conference. Acceptance of the paper for the
conference does not guarantee the inclusion of the article in the
volume. We kindly remind you that by submitting the paper you
implicitly agree to allow its publication in the conference

For easier post-conference editorial work, it would be best if you
would format your paper using Chicago 15style of reference, but this
is not a formal condition for the publication.

Participation costs are not covered by the organizers. There is no
participation fee.

Working languages of the conference: English and Romanian.

If you have any other questions regarding the conference, do not
hesitate to contact us:

Conference website: