“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.

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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.

 

New publications by Kristin Hausler and Andrzej Jakubowski

We are pleased to announce that Kristin Hausler and Andrzej Jakubowski have just published two studies regarding the evolving role of the United Nations Security Council and the protection of cultural heritage in the event of an armed conflict in the Questions of International Law (QIL):

QIL is an open-source peer-reviewed e-journal, founded in 2014, which aims to foster the debate on questions of public international law by providing a dynamic platform for scholars and practitioners. These two studies are published in the ‘Zoom-in’ section, focused on recent judicial and diplomatic practice, as well as on other events of interests, mainly with the aim to explore or review the underlying legal issues.

This QIL ‘Zoom-in’ section has been edited by Dr. Sabrina Urbinati, Postdoctoral Fellow in international law at the School of Law of the University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan (Italy), who is also the author of the introductory note.

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.

New HEURIGHT publication by Paola Monaco, ‘Cultural Heritage, Development, Tourism and Global Indicators. The Experience of Western Balkan Countries’

We are pleased to announce that our new HEURIGHT paper, authored by Paola Monaco and entitled ‘Cultural Heritage, Development, Tourism and Global Indicators. The Experience of Western Balkan Countries’ has just been published in the prestigious European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance.

Monaco P., ‘Cultural Heritage, Development, Tourism and Global Indicators. The Experience of Western Balkan Countries’ (2018) European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance 5(1), pp. 89-114

Abstract:

In recent times, there has been increased attention paid to and interest in the protection of culture and cultural heritage in the Western Balkans. Among the wide array of interventions and projects which have been developed in this field over the years, this paper offers a comparative review of the main two global initiatives proposing the collection and publication of indicators on culture, development, and tourism: the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism Indicators. The analysis of Western Balkan countries using these indicators helps us to see how they work in practice and what possible developmental outcomes they are likely to produce in both the short- and the long-term.

 

Crossing Borders in Arts & Heritage, 18-19 March 2018, Maastricht, the Netherlands

On 18-19 March 2018, Kristin Hausler and Andrzej Jakubowski participated in the annual, transdisciplinary conference of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) organized together with the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. The conference entitled ‘Crossing Borders in Arts & Heritage’ explored the challenges we encounter when arts and heritage cross geographical borders today or which persist because of past cross-border movements.

For more information about the programme and papers given by the member of the HEURIGHT Project see the website of the Maastricht University.

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.

 

 

New HEURIGHT publication by Mateusz M. Bieczyński, ‘The Right to Cultural Heritage in the Law of the European Union’

Wolters Kluwer Poland has just published a chapter by Mateusz Bieczyński (from the Polish team), entitled  ‘Prawo do dziedzictwa kulturowego w prawie Unii Europejskiej [The Right to Cultural Heritage in the Law of the European Union]’, in the volume Prawo wobec kultury i sztuki [Law in relation to Culture and the Arts] (Wolters Kluwer 2017), edited by J. Sobczak, K. Chałubińska-Jentkiewicz, K. Kakareko.

The book presents the challenges faced by the legal regulation in the sphere of culture and the arts. The authors raise the issues of ethics, cultural heritage management, cultural policy, digitization and access to cultural heritage, and describe selected more specific problems, such as the promotion of culture and the arts, or taxation of artists.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on cultural heritage after Brexit

Kristin Hausler, a head of the British HEURIGHT team, has just published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on cultural heritage after Brexit, which discusses: the current EU framework for the movement of cultural goods, the benefits of the current system, what happens after Brexit, as well as the potential future arrangements between the UK and the EU. This FAQ is intended to present a very short outline of the main issues relating to cultural heritage post-Brexit, with a particular focus on the movement of cultural goods.

It can be accessed at the BIICL website.