Call for papers: Heritage Forum of Central Europe

06 February 2015, Poland

The International Cultural Centre in Krakow, Poland is organising the 3r edition of the Heritage Forum of Central Europe which will take place on 16 - 18 September 2015. The Forum is focused on The City. The call for papers is open until 20 February 2015.

Cities, as mirrors and hallmarks of our civilisation, among the most spectacular human inventions, are phenomena which challenge full understanding. They are multilayered compositions of social interactions, economics, infrastructure and a growing number of inhabitants. As Jane Jacobs has said, they are a complex problem of interacting factors that are interrelated into an organic whole; at the same time they generate problems of climate change, crime and inequality and, on the other hand, originate creative solutions as well as hopes and dreams for many. Analysing the city brings together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines: urban planners, economists, sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, historians and art historians. It is this interdisciplinarity and innovation that the organisers hope to attract to the debates and sessions of the 3rd Heritage Forum of Central Europe focused on The City.

The Forum is organised by the International Cultural Centre in Krakow under the auspices of the V4 Cultural Heritage Experts' Working Group, comprising the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic; the Cultural Heritage Department, Prague; the Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management, Budapest;the International Cultural Centre, Krakow; and the Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava. The organisers invite researchers, specialists and practitioners – experts in heritage, cultural and media studies, urban planners, architects, historians, sociologists, political scientists – to submit proposals dedicated to the city and its links to heritage, presented from the point of view of their respective fields. With Central Europe/V4 serving as a starting point, the submission of papers analyzing both the Central European and the global context of the problem is encouraged, providing innovative approaches, comparative studies and international cases.


Papers on the following themes are welcome:


  •     Who is the city for?
  •     Historic urban landscape
  •     Creative heritage cities
  •     Cities and their narratives
  •     Heritage in conflict
  •     Revitalisation practices in heritage cities
  •     Resilient cities and heritage.


The conference will be held in English. It will result in a peer-reviewed (academic) publication.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] by 20 February 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-April 2015.