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Tangible and Intangible Heritage: A Dichotomy under Debate

Organization: Lucian Blaga University
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Science, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2024-10-24 to 2024-10-25 Abstract Due: 2024-07-15

Lucian Blaga University and its partners in the FORTHEM Alliance are honored to announce the second International Cultural Heritage Conference, “Tangible and Intangible Heritage. A Dichotomy under Debate”, which is to be held on-site between 24-25 October 2024 in Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania.

The research on cultural heritage has become one of the most fertile areas of debate across social sciences and the humanities in the last decades. However, one of the most burning questions posed by ongoing research regards the effort of finding a common framework for addressing the link between tangible and intangible heritage. Drawing a demarcation line between the two has always been a challenge, which is now becoming increasingly difficult to overcome given the ever-growing number of interdisciplinary approaches that bring them together in showing their inextricable connection.

We invite scholars and researchers from the fields of social sciences and the humanities (including, but not being limited to literary studies, history, archaeology, musicology, sociology, cultural studies, etc.) to submit their abstracts. We welcome presentations in both English and French covering case-studies and theoretical insights that question the aforementioned dichotomy between tangible and intangible heritage, as well as contributions that contest the very possibility of disregarding their differences and addressing the two within a holistic methodology. Presentations should be guided by, but not restricted to the following questions and topics:
?      Are there any emblematic, indisputable cases of tangible/intangible heritage?
?      Conversely, are there specifically “mixed” heritage research undertakings?
?      Possible definitions in conceptualizing tangible and intangible heritage;
?      What is the role of digital heritage and the digital sphere in bridging tangible and intangible heritage?
?      Methodologies and tools for digitizing tangible and intangible cultural heritage;
?      Comparative perspectives on European public policies and institutions vs. national policies and institutions in preserving and safeguarding cultural heritage;
?      The role of civic engagement in preserving tangible cultural heritage such as churches, monuments, parks, and so on;
?      Festivals, museums and social practices as tangible/intangible heritage;
?      Tangible heritage between commodification and cultural branding;
?      The training of human resource in heritage preservation;
?      The question of outsourcing cultural heritage preservation to NGOs and other private enterprises.

Scholars interested in these topics are invited to submit the title of their presentation, together with an abstract of max. 300 words and a short author bio (max. 100 words) by 15 July 2024, to the conference organizing committee at grant.elabchrom@ulbsibiu.ro and daniela.stanciu@ulbsibiu.ro. The accepted abstract proposals will be announced by 31 July 2024. Following the conference, the participants will have the chance of being selected for a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal or for an edited volume submitted to an international publishing house.

We are thrilled to announce the keynote speakers for this year’s edition of the “Tangible and Intangible Heritage” Conference. Our distinguished speakers are leaders in various branches of cultural heritage and eager to share their insights and experiences with everyone attending their keynote addresses. Please join us in welcoming Ester Alba (Universitat de València), Vincenzo Todaro (Università degli Studi di Palermo), and Alexander Pruß (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz).

Please address further inquiries to Daniela Stanciu-P?sc?ri?a (daniela.stanciu@ulbsibiu.ro).
We look forward to your contributions and hope to see you at the conference!
Kind regards,
The Organizers



Daniela Stanciu