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Saturday, April 11, 2009

CFP: World Heritage and Cultural Diversity (Cottbus Oct 09)

International Conference – Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus,

"World Heritage and Cultural Diversity
Challenges for University Education"
23 – 25 October 2009


The UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology is pleased to host an International Conference on 'WorldHeritage and Cultural Diversity – Challenges for University Education'.
The event is being co-organised by the German Commission for UNESCO and is scheduled to take place in Cottbus from 23–25 October 2009.

The conference patrons are the UNESCO Word Heritage Centre and the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs Germany.

The conference aims to discuss in which way the different aspects of cultural diversity can be protected by international legal instruments and how such instruments may achieve this. Another aim is to connect a broad understanding of diversity with existing and future World Heritage sites.

Four panels will discuss the topics outlined below:
- How can the diversity of World Heritage be strengthened and how can new dimensions be developed for defining Outstanding Universal Value?
- To what extent are new instruments like the UN's Millennium Declaration and the 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples taken into account in actual practice?
- How can university education be enriched by World Heritage and its diversity?

Experts in the field of World Heritage are invited to submit an English-language presentation and a paper on one topic which is discussed within the following panels:

1. Interdependencies of Cultural and Religious Diversity
2. Economic and Technological Dynamics through Migration
3. Politics and (In)Justice in Relation to World Heritage
4. Cultural Landscapes

Please note the following regulations for participation:
- An abstract of the presentation (max. 500 words) is expected to reach the conference office no later than 1 June 2009.
- Authors will be notified by email for acceptance by 15 July 2009.
- The conference presentation should not extend 15 minutes. A preliminary version of the presentation shall be submitted (in form of text documents or pp-presentations) till 1 October 2009 to the conference office
- The organisers are preparing a publication of the conference contributions. The final articles should not extend 5000 words and shall be submitted till 15 November 2009.

For further information and registration please refer to the conference website:

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