“European Union and Cultural Heritage: Legal and Policy Dilemmas”, 17-18 May 2018, Trieste (Italy)

The International Conference entitled “European Union and Cultural Heritage: Legal and Policy Dilemmas” will take place on May 17-18, 2018 at the Department of Legal, Language, Interpreting and Translation Studies of the University of Trieste (IUSLIT), Italy. It is the closing conference of the Project HEURIGHT, hosted by the Italian team chaired by Prof. Francesca Fiorentini, Department IUSLIT.
This research project endeavours to map how the evolving notion of Cultural Heritage affects the forms of protection, access to, and governance of heritage, within the institutional, operational and legal structures of the EU. In particular, it deals with the complex organisational and regulatory frameworks concerned with Cultural Heritage, trade and human rights in place in the EU and its Members States, as well as their interaction, cross-fertilisation, and possible overlaps. Hence, the project seeks, on the one hand, to explore and substantiate the role of Cultural Heritage for the regional European integration and, on the other, to explain and debate the uniqueness of the EU model of Cultural Heritage governance vis-à-vis global efforts aiming to respect and safeguard Cultural Heritage and diversity around the world as global commons.

In this context, the main objective of the conference is, from the one side, to debate the interim outcomes of the HEURIGHT research. On the other side, it will gather contributions addressing some of the major challenges Cultural Heritage governance is facing within the EU and in the global arena, like endangered Cultural Heritage and the illicit trafficking of cultural objects, digital access to Cultural Heritage, the European label initiative, or operational aspects like the regional and structural funds the EU devotes to Cultural Heritage projects. In this regard, the conference seeks to substantiate the axiological, political and societal considerations driving the EU’s involvement in Cultural Heritage, regionally and globally.

HEURIGHT_Final_Conference_Programme.

For further details and registration, please contact Dr. Paola Monaco at pmonaco@units.it.

For more information please consult the websites of the University of Trieste and that of the Italian research team.

The HEURIGHT closing conference in Trieste has been awarded the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) label. Throughout 2018, European societies will celebrate their diverse cultural heritage across Europe – at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the EYCH is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

The slogan for the year is: “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”.

The EYCH will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.

For more info consult the EYCH’s online platform and websites of national coordinators.

 

Save the date: ‘Current Challenges (and Opportunities) to Accessing Cultural Heritage in the UK and Beyond’, 31 May 2018, London

Current Challenges (and Opportunities) to Accessing Cultural Heritage in the UK and Beyond’. This event is organised as part of the HEURIGHT Project.

The Brexit negotiations have so far not led to much discussion regarding cultural heritage. Nevertheless, the current political climate, in the UK and in the rest of the world, may create some challenges to the accessing and enjoyment of cultural heritage, which has now been established as a human right, enshrined in international law. This event will highlight some of those challenges, as well as discuss possible ways to overcoming obstacles to accessing heritage, including intangible heritage, such as through digitisation for example. While the discussions will centre on the situation in the UK, a wider perspective will also be offered, through the example of the functioning of museums in Poland, where human rights (such as freedom of speech and freedom of artistic expression and science) and are currently under threat.

Chair: Kristin Hausler (BIICL)

Speakers:

  • Alison McCleery (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Ewa Manikowska (Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • Andrea Wallace (University of Exeter)
  • Additional speaker TBC

More information will be available soon.

Public seminar “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union”, 13 March 2018, Warsaw

The HEURIGHT public seminar “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union” took place on 13 March 2018 at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace in Warsaw. It gathered more than forty participants from Poland, Italy, Norway and United Kingdom, including scholars, representatives of public institutions, doctoral candidates and graduate students. The main objective was to present the research findings of the project and its major outputs. The seminar also addressed current legal and policy challenges faced by the European Union in light of the agenda of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, and discussed the EU research programmes and initiatives within HORIZON2020, coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and National Institute for Museums and Public Collections. Finally, the experiences of the instutional leader of the HEURIGHT international consortium, the University of Fine Arts in Poznań, were debated.

Public seminar 13 March 2018 Warsaw.

Public Seminar “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights & the European Union” (Warsaw, 13 March 2018) has been awarded the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) label

We are pleased to inform that the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has awarded the HEURIGHT Public Seminar “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights & the European Union” (Warsaw, 13 March 2018; Programme Warsaw-HEURIGHT-13March2018) the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) label. Our initiative has been assessed as contributing to the achievement of one or more of the objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, as endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in Article 2 of the legal decision calling for the EYCH.

Throughout 2018, European societies will celebrate their diverse cultural heritage across Europe – at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the EYCH is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

The slogan for the year is: “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”.

The EYCH will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.

For more info consult the EYCH’s online platform and websites of national coordinators.

If you wish to attend our HEURIGHT Public Seminar, please register by March 5, 2018 at juliakrzesicka@gmail.com.

 

“Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union”, 13 March 2018, Warsaw (Poland) – Programme

On 13 March 2018, the Research Team of the project HEURIGHT – The Right to Cultural Heritage – Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union is organizing an international seminar, entitled “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union”. The core aim of this event is to present the research findings of the project and its major outputs. The seminar will also address current legal and policy challenges faced by the European Union in light of the agenda of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

The event will be held at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace in Warsaw.

See Programme Warsaw-HEURIGHT-13March2018.

If you wish to attend, please register by March 5, 2018 at juliakrzesicka@gmail.com.

 

 

Special guest lectures by Charlotte Woodhead, 3 November 2017, University of Warsaw

On 3 November 2017, the Polish team of the Project HEURIGHT had the honour to host special guest lectures by Dr Charlotte Woodhead, from the University of Warwick.  Dr Woodhead’s research interests lie in cultural heritage law. She has studied and written on the restitution and repatriation of objects from museum collections. She has a particular interest in the work of the Spoliation Advisory Panel and the legal and self-imposed moral obligations under which museums act in their dealings with their collections and with the people they serve.

The lectures were addressed to the students of the Master Programme in Art History. Dr Woodhead explained legal, technical and financial difficulties and barriers to restitution of looted or plundered cultural property. In this context, she dealt with the realization of the 1998 Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art in various European jurisdictions. Special focus was given the actual practice of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in the United Kingdom. The Panel provides a mechanism to bring claims to recover cultural objects of which the original owners were dispossessed during the Nazi era. Its paramount purpose is to achieve a fair and just solution for the parties and it does this by assessing primarily moral considerations. By referring to particular cases reviewed by the Panel, Dr Woodhead offered broader observations on available remedies for past cultural wrongs and injustices.

The event was held at the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw.

Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law, 6-9 September 2017, Naples (Italy)

On 6-9 September 2017, Andrzej Jakubowski participated in the 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) conference titled ‘Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law’. The event took place in Naples (Italy), on 7-9 September 2017. The conference was hosted by the University of Naples Federico II. The opening session of the conference was held in the Teatrino di Corte, the King’s private opera theatre inside the Royal Palace, and the main conference was held in the Castel dell’Ovo, a magnificent medieval building which is the oldest standing fortification in Naples. Pre-conference ESIL Interest Group events were organized at the historical premises of the School of Law of the university.

The core objective of this conference was to explore how international law has responded, or can or should respond, to the fundamental challenge of defining and regulating global public goods, global commons and fundamental values. Andrzej Jakubowski presented a paper ‘Global Commons, Cultural Nationalism and the International Protection of Cultural Heritage’ at the 4th conference Agora The Protection of Cultural Heritage in International Law.

Full conference programme.

Summer School: ‘Arte, Cultura y Derecho’, 19-21 July 2017, Adeje (Spain)

On 19-21 July 2017, Andrzej Jakubowski, HEURIGHT Project Leader and Alicja Jagielska-Burduk, Editor-in-Chief of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review, HEURIGHT editorial partner, taught the course ‘Arte, Cultura y Derecho’ [Art, Culture and the Law] within the framework of the Summer School co-organized by the University of La Laguna and the Council of the Municipality of Adeje, Tenerife (Spain). The course was coordinated by Luis Javier Capote Pérez and Eva María González Lorenzo. Prior to the course, a seminar on the management of cultural and artistic activities was held at the Faculty of Law of the University of La Laguna.

Programme of the course is available here.

Seminar flyer: Cartel Seminario sobre gestión cultural y del arte

Interview with Alicja Jagielska-Burduk: Eldigitalsur and DiarodeAvisos

Photogallery: Adeje_Summer_School

 

‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions…’, 10 July 2017, Kraków (Poland)

On 10 July 2017 the research team of the Project HEURIGHT co-organized the debate ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions: Challenges for the Future’. The event, launched within the broader framework of the 41. Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, was held on in Krakow (Poland) at the International Cultural Centre (MCK). Its aim was to explore and discuss the differences and similarities between the two UNESCO Conventions, both in the normative and practical context of protection.

The confirmed discussants who participated in the event included:

The debate was organized and moderated by Hanna Schreiber (Polish Intangible Heritage Board/University of Warsaw), member of HEURIGHT research team, and Katarzyna Zalasińska (Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage/University of Warsaw).

See the event flyer: Building bridges 1972-2003.

More information can be found here.

Photogallery: Building Bridges 2017-photo collage.

 

Invitation: ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions…’, 10 July 2017, Kraków (Poland)

The research team of the Project HEURIGHT wishes to invite everyone interested to participate in the discussion ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions: Challenges for the Future’, to be held on 10 July 2017, at 07:00-09:00 pm, in Krakow (Poland) at the International Cultural Centre (MCK). The aim of this meeting, organized as a side event of the 41. Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, is to debate the differences and similarities between the two UNESCO Conventions, both in the normative and practical context of protection. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by UNESCO and states parties to both conventions as well as groups, communities and individuals perceiving their tangible and intangible heritage as one, vital part of identity and a point of reference for socio-cultural practices.

See the invitation Building bridges 1972-2003.

For more info, please contact Hanna Schreiber: hanna.s@uw.edu.pl.