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International Congress «Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?»

International Congress «Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?»
05-08 de julho 2017 | Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

All the concerned community is invited to participate in the International Congress Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?, opened to academic scholars and specialist technicians, to policy makers and to all of society.

At a time of generalized globalization, which generates more and more miscegenation at almost every level of our existence, cultural frontiers also tend to fade substantially. This has motivated a growing reaction to defend several unique cultural heritages, considered exceptional, identifying elements with irreplaceable value from societies and collectivities that created them. However, this same globalization that began centuries ago with trade, technology, culture, politics and military exchanges between different people, increasing progressively its intensity until the present, became itself originator of a heritage created exactly in the meeting of cultures. This new transcultural heritage (or hybrid heritage) presents a whole range of different complexities that could make the safeguarding and preservation for the coming generations complicated.
 
Among the vast cultural heritage resulting from fusions and re-appropriations between different cultures, architectural heritage stands out as one of the most visible and tangible signs of any culture: cities, temples, fortifications, public works or merely common houses, among many other built structures. Many times in history this "crossbred heritage" was deliberately abandoned or destroyed because of negative symbolisms associated to it, but also obliterated or distorted because of functional or ideological reasons, or simply by ignorance from whoever tried to protect it.
 
Whatever are the causes, the fact is that transcultural architectural heritage, created in the conjugation of cultures, still is endangered nowadays, and problems concerning on its patrimonial preservation continue to be more relevant than ever. This is also due to globalization, which imposes new conditionings and contextualization, demanding new ways to deal with them.
 
As a matter of fact, questions concerning the safeguarding of this kind of heritage involve a vast set of themes: the intense polemic about the preservation of architectural structures, the memory of which can allude symbolically to cultures considered as oppressors; the debate on authenticity, generated by confrontations between patrimonial values coming from cultures involved in the creation of each particular transcultural heritage - which could differ substantially, and therefore should be taken into consideration in the moment it is decided how to act to preserve that heritage -; the problematic related to migratory fluxes; the ideological instrumentalisation of architectural heritage; the touristic commercialization of cultural monuments; and several other related themes demanding further debate on them.
 
There is an ambition to encourage the dialogue about this matter, which assumed particular relevance for the world heritage panorama. It aims to stimulate the knowledge of paradigmatic cases, the interchange of experiences, the exposure of problems and solutions, and the increase of potential collaborations that can be helpful instruments for the safeguarding of unique transcultural heritages, many times ignobly vandalized, unwisely neglected, irretrievably adulterated or harmfully over-exploited.
 
Hence, all the concerned community is invited to participate in the International Congress Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?, opened to academic scholars and specialist technicians, to policy makers and to all of society. The congress will take place in Lisbon, between 05 and 08 July 2017, with the organisation of the ARTIS - Institute of History of Art, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and the ICOMOS Portugal. All the researchers, specialists and other stakeholders are invited to participate in this event.
 
 
For more information, please visit the official website.
 

 

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