Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?Questions on authenticity, identity and patrimonial proceedings in the safeguarding of architectural heritage created in the meeting of cultures

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Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way? Questions on authenticity, identity and patrimonial proceedings in the safeguarding of architectural heritage created in the meeting of cultures

Date : entre le 5 et le 8 juillet 2017

Date limite : 30 avril 2016

LieuSchool of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon​ (Portugal)

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The ARTIS – Institute of History of Art, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and the ICOMOS Portugal are pleased to invite all the researchers, specialists and other stakeholders to participate in the International Congress Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?, which will take place in Lisbon, between 05 and 08 July 2017.

Session proposals are welcome until 30 April 2016. Please submit your session by sending the proposal to congress.artis @ (see the submission guidelinesabove). The proposals will be selected by the Scientific Committee on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced programme, according to the following criteria: relevance, innovation, scientific quality and organisation of the session. On 30 April chairs will be notified regarding acceptance of their session and will receive further instructions.

The organisation encourages multidisciplinary and international research on the safeguarding of transcultural heritage (architecture, urbanism, archaeology, landscapes and decorative arts in built heritage). Therefore, the organisation will give priority to sessions co-organised by scholars from different universities and countries, especially those belonging to cultures that created specific transcultural heritages.

 Major thematic headlines

  • Questions on authenticity between different cultures, when focusing the safeguarding of transcultural architectural heritage
    • The debate on the confrontation between image value, historicity value, technological value and other values, when focusing the safeguarding of transcultural architectural heritage (for instance: prevalence of the image in Eastern cultures versus prevalence of the material in Western cultures versusprevalence of ancestral built technologies in developing countries, and what is the prevalent value when acting in transcultural built structures)
    • Idiosyncrasies in patrimonial actions performed in architectural structures inside transcultural contexts (for instance: in Portuguese-Chinese heritage, in Indian-British heritage, in French-Maghreb heritage, etc.)
  • The evolution of the patrimonial conscience inside different cultures concerning the transcultural architectural heritage
    • Theories of restoration and conservation and its implications and applications in the safeguarding of the architectural heritage originated in the fusion of cultures
    • Architects, restorers, safeguarding policies and paradigmatic case studies of actions on the transcultural architectural heritage
  • Controversies on the relevance of conserving transcultural architectural heritage associated to dominant foreign cultures
    • Polemics about the preservation of undesirable memories from cultures considered invaders/oppressors (for instance: European colonial heritage in Asia and Africa, Ottoman heritage in Maghreb and Middle East, Muslim heritage in Iberian Peninsula, Japanese heritage in China, Nazi heritage in Central Europe, Soviet heritage in countries of Eastern Europe, etc.)
    • Safeguarding of architectural heritage belonging to ethnic and religious minorities inside countries with dominant cultures (for instance: Christian heritage in the Middle East, pré-Colombian heritage in America, aborigine heritage in Australia, Jewish heritage in Europe, etc.)
    • The ideological instrumentalization of transcultural architectural heritage as nacionalist or regional claims, and the politicized (re)construction of the Past (for instance: Portuguese colonial heritage in Africa, Roman heritage in Romania, Hellenic heritage in Asia, Hindustani heritage restored under British rule, etc.)
  • Globalization and its repercussions for the safeguarding of transcultural architectural heritage
    • The safeguarding of transcultural architectural heritage generated by international and inter-regional migratory fluxes (for instance: heritage with African origin in America and Europe, Muslim heritage in European countries, Asian heritage in American countries, Indian heritage outside India, etc.)
    • Hesitations on the preservation of recent architectural heritage (from Modernism to contemporaneity) of uncertain character: regional circumscribed, international standardized or intercultural miscegenated
    • The growing commercialization of transcultural architectural heritage and the conflict between cultural tourism as creator of synergies for its maintenance and as potential threat to its safeguarding
  • Other relevant themes



Download the submission template and fill it with the following data:

  • Title of the session, with 15 words maximum;
  • Description of the proposed session with 300-500 words, clearly mentioning important key issues such as the leading subject, the scientific significance of the session, the goals intended to be achieved, and a list of possible themes that could fit in the debate intended to be promoted in the proposed session.
  • Three to five keywords;
  • Personal data (name, professional affiliation, mail and email addresses, and telephone contact of both session organisers);
  • Short biography of the organisers, with no more than 300 words each.

 The session organisers are responsible for:

  • Selecting the proposed abstracts to integrate their session, according to the scientific quality and thematic relevance, in collaboration with the Scientific Committee;
  • Reviewing, in collaboration with the Scientific Committee, the papers accepted in their session, in order to assist the authors to improve their communications, and to prepare the papers to be published in the book of proceeding of the congress;
  • Informing the paper applicants about the acceptance or the (justified) rejection of their proposal;
  • Reminding the paper authors about their duties (deadlines for paper submission, maximum length of their presentation, etc.) and distributing the session abstracts among them;
  • Chairing the session, including an introduction of the session theme and aims, a short introduction of each author, the management of the time schedule, a brief reflexion on the presented papers in the end, and the lead of the final debate.

Session organisers are not allowed to present papers in their own session. If there are insufficient papers in a session, it may be cancelled by the Scientific Committee after the deadline for abstract submissions. Session organisers are expected to have their own support to register, for travel and for accommodation.

For further questions, please contact the organisation.