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Conference and call for papers: "Urban Jewish heritage: presence and absence"

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13 February 2018

Being held as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, this conference, which will take place in the World Heritage City of Krakow (PL) from 3 to 7 September 2018, is dedicated to addressing urban Jewish heritage and the multi-layered issues it faces, and will bring together academics, planners, policy makers and community leaders to examine the pasts, presents and futures for cities with Jewish heritage, particularly in Europe.

Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the world have been impacted by their Jewish communities as places of both presence and absence. The conference recognises that the threats to Jewish heritage are complex and dynamic and that there is a need to identify new thinking to preserve and sustainably manage both the tangible and intangible aspects of Jewish culture and to communicate this to a wider audience. As such, it seeks to address the following questions:

  • What are the pressures upon Jewish heritage in the urban context?
  • How can new and sensitive uses be found for Jewish heritage in towns and cities?
  • What management models can be applied to Jewish heritage to ensure its sustainability?
  • What forms of relationships exist between Jewish heritage sites and urban tourism?
  • What are the touristic experiences with Jewish heritage?
  • To what extent is the interpretation of Jewish heritage effective and geared to an increasingly cosmopolitan and younger audience?
  • What is the role of the museum in the mediation and representation of Jewish heritage?
  • How is the intangible cultural heritage of the Jewish community communicated?

The conference is designed to encourage provocative, creative and constructive dialogues across different sectors and different disciplines and will feature case studies and best practices. Thus, the organisers, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, in association with the City of Krakow and Villa Decius Association, welcome papers from those working in heritage conservation, planning, policy, management, interpretation, museums and tourism and from academic colleagues in fields such as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, business, heritage, history, geography, sociology and urban studies. 300-word abstracts of intended papers/presentations are to be sent no later than 9 April 2018 via the online submission platform: For any enquiries, contact:

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