The Future of Heritage

At a time when the field of cultural heritage is undergoing series of far-reaching yet contradictory transformations, this three-day colloquium will present a wide range of perspectives and predictions on the future of heritage policy, funding, interpretive technologies, and public involvement in Europe and throughout the world.

3rd Annual Ename International Colloquium
to be held 21-24 March 2007 in Ghent, Belgium

Changing Visions, Attitudes, and Contexts
in the 21st Century

We are therefore seeking innovative contribution from heritage administrators, cultural economists, archaeologists, historians, educators, and cultural policy specialists under the following four themes:

  • Philosophy and Public Policy: How will governments and heritage administrations view their responsibility toward tangible and intangible heritage in the coming generation? What are the major trends now affecting the development of public policy? What role will universities, NGOs, and international organizations play?

  • Economics
    How will the combination of public and private funding sources and of state and private management of heritage sites and museums evolve? With the continuing reduction of public culture budgets and increasing reliance on independent income generation, what economic strategies can be most effective in preserving the integrity of cultural heritage sites?

  • Technologies
    How can emerging digital technologies contribute to the long-term preservation, documentation and public interpretation of heritage resources? In which contexts are they sustainable and/or affordable? What is their social and intellectual impact on the public perception of heritage itself?

  • Community Participation
    Do heritage sites belong only to a nation, to regional and local administrations, to the communities that produced them, or to the specialists that study and conserve them as “universal” heritage? What is the role of the general public? What kinds of innovative programmes can most effectively enhance education and community identity?

Abstracts for poster presentations, short papers (10 min.) and research papers (20 min.) on these themes will be accepted until 1st December 2006.
They should be a maximum of 300 words, in English, and be sent
by fax to +32-55-303-519
or by email to colloquium program coordinator Claudia Liuzza at

All authors should include full contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax and e-mail address).

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 January 2007.

For questions or requests for additional information, please visit our website or contact Eva Roels at

Please feel free to distribute this announcement to any interested colleagues. We hope you will find this colloquium to be of interest and look forward to seeing you in Ghent next year!


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