Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert

The approach to the concept of heritage, its protection and use, that is realised by Marie-Theres Albert and the ‘Institute Heritage Studies’ (IHS) differs from others in the field because it offers a holistic interpretation of heritage. Furthermore, Marie-Theres Albert follows with her institute a paradigmatic approach to understanding heritage in the interest of human development.

This concept of heritage was elaborated by Marie-Theres Albert, former Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies, during the development of the Masters Programme „World Heritage Studies“ (WHS) and the PhD Programme „Heritage Studies“, and it was implemented, together with the team of the UNESCO Chair Heritage Studies, in the context of the International Graduate School Heritage Studies (IGS) between 2010 and 2015. It was developed further within EU-funded projects, such as „MUMA” (Development of Multi-Disciplinary Management Strategies for Conservation and Use of Heritage in Asia and Europe) and „Sharing our Heritages“, which both targeted the internationalisation of World Heritage university education, as well as within the EU-funded project „Cultural Capital Counts“ (CCC) which addressed the valorisation of intangible heritage.

Last but not least, Marie-Theres Albert has created her paradigmatic approach  to understanding heritage within the interest of human development through her series of publications, such as World Heritage Studies and Heritage Studies, in which she has again emphasized the unique selling point of the ‘Institute Heritage Studies’.

Lectures of Marie-Theres Albert and Anca Prodan within a series of lectures of UNESCO Chairs