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.
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A Metamodel for Heritage-based Urban Development – Enabling Sustainable Growth Through Urban Cultural Heritage

Auf der Grundlage des Ansatzes von Pierre Bourdieu zur „Theorie der Praxis“ werden in diesem Buch die Entwicklungspotenziale des immateriellen Kulturerbes – ausformuliert in der 2003er-Konvention – diskutiert und reflektiert. Die Konvention interpretiert immaterielles Erbe als Motor (‚driver‘) und Wegbereiter (‚enabler‘) für Entwicklung, dem wiederum Paradigmen von nachhaltiger Entwicklung und menschlicher Entwicklung zu Grunde liegen. more …

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development: The Valorisation of Heritage Practices

Based on Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘Theory of Practice’ this book reflects and discusses the developmental potentials of intangible cultural heritage as formulated in the 2003 Convention. The Convention interprets intangible cultural heritage as ‘driver’ and ‘enabler’ of development, implying paradigms of sustainable and human development.
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The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme:
Key Aspects and Recent Developments

The volume “The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme: Key Aspects and Recent Developments” responds to the growing interest in the scientific study of the Memory of the World Programme (MoW) and its core concept of documentary heritage, which have received little attention from scholarship so far. The volume, which is the sixth publication in the Heritage Studies Series, provides a first collection of relevant ideas, reflections, theoretical and methodological considerations for the study of the MoW Programme, offering a basis for follow-up activities.
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Understanding Heritage

The publication Understanding Heritage – Perspectives in Heritage Studies is the first in a new series. This series aims at systematizing many years of disciplinarily and interdisciplinarily led discourse. Through this publication, the paradigmatic orientation of the series, Heritage Studies, constitutes a contribution for human development.