Call for papers & posters

Croatian EU Council presidency conference „The Role of Cultural Heritage in Socio-Economic Development and Preservation of Democratic Values - HERItage”

The Call for papers and posters is officially CLOSED!

Deadline for submission of papers and postershas passed on December 15, 2019. Thank you to everyone who sent in their applications!

Registration for participation at the conference is still open, for anyone interested in attending the conference without a paper, poster or video. There is no conference fee but all participants must fill out the registration form in order to be registered.


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Submission deadline for papers and posters

The overall mission of the HERItage international conference is to explore a priority setting agenda on European research and innovation (R&I) related to cultural heritage, which will contribute to regional innovation ecosystems that rely on education, scientific and technological research, and culture. Such a mission may further help defining the overall framework and the societal acceptance of the R&I agenda pursued under Horizon Europe.

The main objectiveof the conference is to promote a debate with policymakers and stakeholders on the impact of cultural heritage in socio-economic development, the preservation of democratic values, sustainability and future jobs.

The conference will gather participants from all around Europe from academia, governmental organizations, industry, SMEs and users of research results. Also, policymakers, local authorities, artists and a broad range of actors revolving around the City of Rijeka‘s role as the 2020 European Capital of Cultureactivities are to be involved in the conference.

The aim is to present research results and develop substantial discussions on the topics of Cultural Heritage and the future of research and development in SSHin a rapidly changing world characterised by digitization, mobility, brain circulation, inequalities and technological advancement, and their repercussions.

The Conference is based on three thematic pillars and two cross-cutting issues as thematic focus of the Call for Papers.

The conference will respond to one of the global challenges for Horizon Europe programme Cluster 2 Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society, Promoting Cultural Heritage. It will open a window to discussion on the pan-European cultural heritage initiatives and R&I partnerships in cultural heritage, relying on the synergistic and collaborative efforts of the Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change and its perspective ties to digitisation and computing facilities via the Time Machine H2020 FET flagship.

The conference will support and promote the thorough development of Open Science in European research area. 

*Note: The working language of the conference is English.

Étienne Balibar

Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine; Anniversary Chair Professor at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University and a Visiting Professor at the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University.

Danica Kragić Jansfelt

Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems. Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Young Academy of Sweden.

 Carlo Blasi 

Mr. Blasi is currently working for the Studio Comes that is specialized in architectural and structural planning and site management in construction’s fields, restoration and consolidation of monumental buildings. He previously worked as a professor of Architectural Restoration at the University of Parma and a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Engineering of Florence and the polytechnics of Parma and Bari. Some of his largest projects include the reconstruction of the Mostar Bridge in BIH and the restructuring of the Pantheon in Paris. He is also part of the team of experts who are working on the reconstruction of the Notre Dame church in Paris.

We invite papers which address one of the three thematic SSH pillars or one of the two additional horizontal comprehensive pillars that reflect the SSH policies and cooperation with governments, the civil society and business.

The role of universities in promoting and preserving cultural heritage: education, research and social responsibility

  • the role of cultural heritage in the European education systems with special emphasis on cultural diversity and problems of identities in creating cultural policies (complexities of the relationships between Europeanness and diversity, relations between local and national regarding social development, social cohesion, inclusiveness and participation);
  • universities in a dynamic construction of communicating spaces of culture, research and education with museums, archaeological sites, galleries, libraries and other institutions;
  • the role of cultural production and art in confronting the growing inequality and exclusion in the globalized world;
  • European cultural heritage networks and sectors: strategies, methodologies, use of standards and quality control in conservation, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage;
  • diverse forms of university-community partnerships and engagement;
  • challenges, institutional models and good practices of open science and open innovation;
  • non-autochthons heritage: minority enlightenment(s) and regional cosmopolitanism(s) as prospect for a non-state-bound protection of rights;
  • the novel and engaging participatory approaches to sustainability: fostering the place of heritage in the sustainable development;
  • multi- and pluri-lingual identities and the ethic of translation in Europe: minority languages as part of the European cultural heritage and identity.

The role of scientific research in strengthening the preservation of industrial heritage

  • intersectional and interdisciplinary research of industrial heritage – quests and problems;
  • constructing networks and platforms with institutions and professionals – the collaborative role of universities in interpreting and valorising industrial heritage;
  • enhancing security and quality measures in protecting industrial heritage;
  • industrial heritage as an intangible economic resource in promoting local/national development;
  • cultural and industrial heritage in stimulating sustainable tourism;
  • quality of working and living conditions from the perspective of industrial revolution 4.0;
  • social innovation in form of urban reinventions and smart cities and new roles of cities in the international political and economic landscapes.

Challenges and opportunities of digital transformations: the role of digital tools in preserving and developing cultural heritage

  • digital transformation in the study of cultural heritage: digital preservation and transmission of cultural heritage by handling large datasets on shared scientific infrastructure – challenges and opportunities for a more connected Europe;
  • digitization of cultural heritage: new methodologies, models and training in facilitating access to cultural heritage;
  • the problems of preservation of digital material;
  • legal matters – use and abuse of digital data;
  • ethical, political, and economic benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence;
  • introducing digital humanities in educational systems;
  • the problem of inequality and imbalances regarding research and usage of new technologies in studying and promoting cultural heritage;
  • cultural heritage and creative industries – new technologies for future jobs.

1) Public policies: cultural heritage and democratic values

2) Cooperation and innovation: cultural heritage and social transformation

we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following questions focused on cultural heritage:

  • How to improve the framework conditions for international cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) related to cultural heritage?
  • How to improve the knowledge alliances and partnerships between business and higher education?
  • How to improve research as co-creation between the researcher and the community?
  • How university rankings and the number of doctoral students can improve the innovation capabilities?
  • How to develop the policy of retaining and attracting international talents?
  • Is there room for improving the state-aid framework for R&I?
  • How to increase the financing of R&I on cultural heritage activities from private sources?
  • Is there a need to engage EU structural funds devoted to R&I?
  • How to successfully promote the design and creative industries?

Section for poster and video presentations

We invite presenters for the following sections:

  • digitization of cultural heritage – case studies;
  • industrial heritage interpretation and valorisation;
  • urbanising industrial areas;
  • cultural heritage and tourism.

The three best posters and videos will be honoured with a recognition award at the end of the conference.

The organizing committee of the Conference encourages submissions by other stakeholders relevant to the future of cultural heritage:

  • policy-makers;
  • research associations and networks;
  • NGOs and civil society representatives;
  • representatives from business and non-academic institutions;
  • foundations and cultural institutions, institutes and organisations.

Their contributions will be crucial to address especially the foreseen cross-cutting issues.

For the submission of the proposals / subscription of participation please complete the online application form!

We encourage submissions by diverse stakeholders relevant for the future of SSH

  • researchers from the field of SSH;
  • science policy-makers;
  • research associations and networks;
  • NGOs and civil society representatives;
  • representatives from business and non-academic institutions;
  • foundations and cultural institutions, institutes and organisations.

For paper / poster submissions please complete the online application form!


All the abstracts accepted for presentation at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings available also in open access on the conference web site.