50 Years World Heritage Convention: Shared Responsibility – Conflict & Reconciliation

Heritage creates identity and the destruction of heritage destroys identity. Therefore, individuals and societies are responsible for the sustainable safeguarding of their heritage. This is the focus of the most successful convention for the protection of our heritage, the World Heritage Convention, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022. The destruction of heritage is multidimensional. So is also the responsibility that individuals and societies must assume for their heritage. This is the key message of the book 50 Years World Heritage Convention: Shared Responsibility – Conflict & Reconciliation. It reflects on 50 years implementation of the World Heritage Convention, focussing on conflicts related to areas such as Global Governance, Urban Transformation, War and Terrorism, Climate Change, Technological Change, and Commodification, and developing solving strategies. Furthermore, the book relates to the future of the convention, discussing important values such as “responsibility”, “reconciliation” and “sustainability”.

Download: Flyer

Published in 2022.

Download the Book with this Open Access-Link.
Find the complete “Heritage Studies Series on springer.de

Book Reviews:



Part I: Introduction

  1. Introduction into the overall message of the book: Destruction of Heritage is destroying identity – Shared Responsibility is therefore our common task for the future
    Marie-Theres Albert, Roland Bernecker, Claire Cave, Anca Claudia Prodan & Matthias Ripp
  2. 50 Years World Heritage Convention: Founding Idea(s) and Implementation – Reflections on Important Developments over Time
    Birgitta Ringbeck

Part II: The Destruction of Heritage is Multidimensional – Theoretical Reflections, Case Studies and Narratives

Global Governance

  1. UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention and Global Governance
    Roland Bernecker & Nicole Franceschini
  2. Coloniality, Natural World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples: A Critical Analysis of World Heritage Cultural Governance
    Irene Fogarty
  3. Governing World Heritage – Taking Stock of the Structures that Determine the Protection and Conservation of World Heritage Sites
    Eike Tobias Schmedt
  4. World Heritage and Global Governance: Thematic Reflections
    Roland Bernecker & Nicole Franceschini with contributions from Webber Ndoro, Christina Cameron, Maritta Koch-Weser, Lynn Meskell, Caroline Capdepon de Bigu-Poirrier, Boyoon Choi, Roger Negredo Fernández, Isabelle Rupp & Tanja Willhalm

Urban Transformation

  1. Urban Transformation and Related Conflicts at UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    Christer Gustafsson & Matthias Ripp
  2. Temporary Uses as a Toolkit for Heritage-led Sustainable Urban Development
    Mariko Ikeda
  3. Going beyond Tourism Attraction in the Festivalisation of World Heritage Cities
    Zachary M. Jones
  4. Sustainable Urban Heritage vs Heritage Orthodoxy
    Dennis Rodwell
  5. The Politics of Shared Heritage: Contested Histories and Participatory Memory Work in the Post-Colonial Urban Landscape
    Jan Küver

War and Terrorism

  1. UNESCO World Heritage and Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict
    Friedrich Schipper
  2. Palmyra: Bridging Past and Future
    Zeina Elcheikh
  3. Countering the Narratives of Destruction: Textual Evidence and the Tradition of Heritage Preservation in Islam
    Azeez Olaniyan & Akeem O. Bello
  4. The Role of Heritage in Post-War Reconciliation: Going Beyond World Heritage Sites
    Lorika Hisari, Kristen Barrett-Casey & Kalliopi Fouseki,
  5. Fighting Terrorist Attacks against World Heritage – An Integrated Approach
    Sabine von Schorlemer

Climate Change

  1. Climate Change and World Heritage: An Introduction
    Claire Cave
  2. The Climate Crisis, Outstanding Universal Value and Change in World Heritage
    William P. Megarry
  3. Climate Action and World Heritage: Conflict or Confluence?
    Cathy Daly
  4. Conflict Areas and Solution Strategies in the Conservation of Ecosystems and Their Services: A Holistic Approach
    Esteban Avigliano & Nahuel Schenone
  5. Historic Gardens as a Cultural Task: Climate Adaptation Strategies and Understanding of Nature
    Michael Rohde
  6. The Highest Mountain in the Shadow of Climate Change: Managing Tourism and Conservation in a World Heritage Site: Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
    Sushma Bhatta, Robin Boustead & Kurt Luger

Technological Change

  1. Technological Change: Risk or Opportunity for UNESCO World Heritage?
    Alexander Siegmund & Anca Claudia Prodan
  2. Change in Water Technology in Anatolia: From Use to Energy, Conflicts to Climate Action
    Yonca Erkan
  3. Mineral Extractive Industries in the Context of European World Heritage Cultural Landscape Conservation and Management: The Case Study of the Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region
    Friederike Hansell
  1. Cultural Landscape Compatibility Study Upper Middle Rhine Valley – A ProActive Tool for Preventive Monitoring of Complex World Heritage Landscapes
    Michael Kloos
  2. Geoheritage to Support Heritage Authorities: Research Case Studies on Maya Archaeological Sites
    Mario Hernández, Philippe De Maeyer, Luc Zwartjes & Antonio Benavides Castillo
  3. Adopting Digital Tools & Technology to Evolve Sustainable Tourism at World Heritage Sites: Case Studies from India and Greece
    George N. Zaimes, Valasia Iakovoglou, Fergus T. Maclaren & Pankaj Manchanda

Commodification of Heritage

  1. The Commodification of World Heritage: A Marxist Introduction
    Thomas M. Schmitt
  2. Tourism without Commodification at a Hungarian World Heritage Site
    Lia Bassa
  3. Natural Heritage in Danger. Native Forests, New and Old Forms of Extractive Activities and Sustainability from the Perspective of a New Generation of Scientists, Activists and Entrepreneurs in Argentina
    Claudia Lozano
  4. Shifting Scales in the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces: Traditional Knowledge, Commodification and Community Participation
    Fabienne Wallenwein


Part III: The World Heritage Convention – The Day after Tomorrow

  1. Shared Responsibility – A Guiding Principle of the World Heritage Convention – Perception – Implementation – Future
    Marie-Theres Albert
  2. World Heritage and Reconciliation
    Birgitta Ringbeck
  3. Sustainability – A Guiding Principle of the World Heritage Convention – What has Been Achieved – What is Missing – What is the Future Perspective
    Constanze Fuhrmann
  4. World Heritage Education and the Next 50 Years of the Convention: Current Pitfalls and Future Potentials of World Heritage Education
    Claudia Grünberg & Klaus-Christian Zehbe
  5. Young Professionals’ Perspectives on World Heritage – Transformation from an Expert-dominated Concept to a Project for the People it is Made for
    Roland Bernecker, Juan Carlos Barrientos García, Elisabeth Korinth, Isabelle Rupp, Giulia Tomasi, Klaus-Christian Zehbe
  6. Outlook
    Marie-Theres Albert, Roland Bernecker, Claire Cave, Anca Claudia Prodan & Matthias Ripp

More from Heritage Studies Series

on this site: