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Concept 2014

International Conference “The Right to [World] Heritage” BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg – October 23-25, 2014

The International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V. (IAWHP e.V.) is organising a WHS Alumni Conference on “The Right to [World] Heritage” to be held in BTU Cottbus from 23rd-25th October 2014. This WHS Alumni Conference is the third of a series of events and activities being planned by the IAWHP e.V. since its official recognition as a non-profit organisation by German Law in 2010.

Supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Chair of Civil Law and Public Law with References to the Law of Europe and the Environment -BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, the conference aims to bring together a wide range of academics, professionals and practitioners (WHS Alumni and other experts alike) specialising in World Heritage as well as other associated fields to contribute to the ongoing discussion about the role of the World Heritage Convention in promoting sustainable development.


The conference “The Right to [World] Heritage” aims to discuss pressing questions and to find new solutions with regards to [World] Heritage as human rights in the context of existing international agreements and conventions.

Currents laws shall be discussed and new initiatives shall be started, especially under the aspects of further inclusion of civil society as well as the use of new information technologies.

The role of [World] Heritage in the struggle between modern political systems is of central importance to this topic.

Amongst others, the significance of the objects listed by UNESCO for democracy and its promotion around the world will be analyzed.  More recently, the question whether the symbols of old totalitarian regimes such as the royal palaces of Abomy in Benin, the Giza pyramids in Egypt or the ruins of Hatra in Iraq are as “valuable” as “democratic” World Heritage properties, such as the Independence Hall in the U.S.A., New Lanark in the United Kingdom, or the Berlin Modernism Housing Estates in Germany. This includes a discussion about whether the status of a World Heritage property should be dependent on its political background.

Furthermore, the aspects of heritage in areas of conflict as well as the heritage of minorities and the inclusion of local communities will be highlighted, which is often particularly endangered and needs effective protection.



For more details here

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Heritage and Power Heritage in Armed Conflict Heritage for Everybody



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