Posted by: sitesoftransformations | September 22, 2013

Draft program for upcoming World Heritage conference ready!

I’m happy to announce that the conference program for the upcoming World Heritage conference “Between dream and reality: Debating the impact of World Heritage listing” is ready!

The draft book of abstracts is available here.

Registration opens 1 October 2013.

Draft program:

14 November 2013

Venue: Niels Treschows hus 12th floor

9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30-9.45. Welcome

9.45-10.45 Key note 1: Owe Ronström

10.45- 11.45 Session 1 Introducing World Heritage cities

10.45-11.00 Laura Pierantoni: Historic urban landscape: changing towards sustainable development in the governance of World Heritage cities

11.00-11.15 Karla Nunes Penna & Jose Hernando Torres Flechas: The grass is not always greener: the impact of World Heritage status on local communities in developing countries

11.15-11.30 Marit Johansson: World Heritage Status – delight or despair? A case study of the local impact of a World Heritage Status

11.30-11.45 Discussion

11.45-12.30 Lunch

12.30-13.50 Session 2: World Heritage cities and the battle between preservation and development

12.30.-12.45 Sharifah Dawood: Heritage Governance in Malaysia: the case of Penang and Melaka World Heritage Cities

12.45-13.00 Ahmed Said Amer: New and old Architect in Historic Cairo, Case study of al-Darb al-Ahmar

13.00-13.15 Zerrin Hosgor & Oksan Tandogan: Urban renewal and preservation challenges in the World Heritage Sites of Istanbul

13.15-13.30 Jens Hougaard & Luís Filipe Rocha: Mozambique Island – transformation, regeneration or degeneration

13.30-13.50 Discussions

13.50-14.00 Coffee

14.00-15.50 Session 3: World Heritage impact on archaeological sites and monuments

14.00-14.15 Margarita Díaz-Andreu, Amílcar Vargas & Manuel Bea: From Scrawls to World Heritage: assessing the impact of the inclusion of the Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula on the World Heritage List

14.15-14.30 Nishant Upadhyay:Understanding effects of misinterpretation of “heritage protection” leading to loss of intangible and tangible values of a protected area: the case of Group of temples in Pattadakal, India

14.30-14.45. Forget Chaterera: The impact of World Heritage Listing at Khami National Monument

14.45-15.00 Manana Tevzadze: Reconstructed Bagrati Cathedral – a sacrificed World heritage status

15.00-15.20 Discussion

15.20-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.30  Key note 2: Thomas Schmitt

19.30 Conference Dinner

Dinner will be held Olympen (included for all those who present papers, possible for others to join in (but they have to cover the costs)

15 November 2013

Venue: Auditorium 2 Georg Sverderups hus (University Library)

09.00-09.15 Coffee

9.15-11.15 Session 4: International World Heritage conflicts

9.15-9.30 Bénédicte Gaillard: The legal effects of the World Heritage Listing under the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage: the example of the Dresden Elbe Valley in the Federal Republic of Germany

9.30-9.45 Dennis Rodwell: The negative impacts of World Heritage branding: Liverpool – a cautionary tale

9.45-10.00 Herdis Hølleland: The Eruption – When the World Heritage Status made all the difference?

10.00-10.15 Vanessa Tuensmeyer: The UNESCO World Heritage Committee – An additional forum for Indigenous activism

10.15-10.35 Discussion

10.35-10.45 Coffee

10.45-11.45 Key note 3: Gro Ween

11.45-12.30 Lunch

12.30-14.30 Session 5: World Heritage impact on natural heritage

12.30-12.45 Allan Sande: Natural world heritage and democratic challenges in Scandinavian Countries

12.45-13.00 Kristal Coe: Is it really just the trees? Interrogating OUV in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

13.00-13.15 Suzanna Pratt: The Impact of Heritage Management on Local Communities in the Hinterland of Butrint National Park, Southern Albania

13.15-13.30 Discussion

13.30-14.30 Key note 4: Sophia Labadi

14.30-14.45 Coffee

14.45-16.45 Session 6: Dreaming of impact: World Heritage and tourism

14.45-15.00 Kristina Svels: Single-handed or common governance of a World Heritage site

15.00-15.15 Anaraa Nyamdorj: World heritage vs. ethnic pride: a deadlock on the steppes

15.15-15.30 Nikola Naumov: Seeking the real value of World Heritage  Listing – A post-communist perspective

15.30-15.45 Patricia Alberth: Case study: Town of Bamberg . Capitalizing on the strategic focus provided by World Heritage listing

15.45-16.00 Michael Schimek: Exchanging views and projects – positive effects of international networking in World Heritage site management

16.00-16.15 Woohee Kim: World heritage designation; the change in people’s awareness of world heritage sites

16.15-16.45 Discussion

16.45-17.00 Closing

Welcome to Oslo!

This is just a quick reminder that the call for paper for the upcoming conference of World Heritage soon ends!

See CFP under and for more info, please visit: Between dream and reality: Debating the impact of World Heritage listing

Call for paper

Since the 1990s World Heritage has been portrayed as a marker of transformation, from economic growth, increased tourism, regeneration to more intangible aspects of local pride and global recognition. In the last five years research on the effects of World Heritage inscription has shown that World Heritage status is not synonymous with tangible benefits such as increased funding and tourism. Yet it has proved much more difficult to pin down the more intangible consequences of World Heritage listing. Thus this conference invites speakers to explore a series of specific questions related to the tangible and intangible transformations of World Heritage inscription:

What impact does World Heritage status have?
To what extent does the World Heritage transform places?
More empirically, how does the World Heritage status impact and possibly transform places?
How is World Heritage status used and does it really generate change?

As World Heritage is a field where research and management have a close relationship, we aim to bring the research and management communities together for two fruitful days of dissemination and discussion. Thus we would like to invite speakers with different disciplinary backgrounds to explore and approach these questions of transformation in a broad sense using examples from all over the world focusing on either the more tangible or intangible aspect of change. At present we envision papers will be grouped thematically into sessions focused on central empirical areas of the following World Heritage fields:

World Heritage and historic cities
Here we welcome papers based on case studies that explore very physical and tangible processes such as regeneration and gentrification, how these processes may impact patterns of habitation and the relationship between the citizens of the cities and their managers, as well as topics of branding and tourism.

World Heritage and indigenous communities
Many indigenous communities are associated with different natural and cultural World Heritage sites/areas, and we invite speakers to reflect upon the impact World Heritage status has had on indigenous communities’ struggles for empowerment, relations with management communities, the tourism sector and so forth.

World Heritage and natural heritage management
In this session we would encourage speakers to reflect upon topics such as how the World Heritage status may impact environmental management, the way in which the natural heritage sites are conceptualized, changes in patterns of recreational use and tourism.

World Heritage and international politics/relations
As areas are inscribed on the World Heritage list, they become part of a large international heritage network; how does the inclusion into an international network transform and impact management and local communities’ views of the place and a sense of being part of a network?

General info:
Cost: The conference is free to attend and will include lunch for all both days.
Location: The conference will be hosted at the Blindern Campus of the University of Oslo.

Titles and abstracts (max 300 words) are to be sent to Beate Trandem – – with copy to Herdis Hølleland – – by 1 September 2013.

Please use one of the following file formats: .doc(x), .odt or .rtf.

The conference is organised and funded by the interfaculty research program Kultrans (Cultural Transformations in the Age of Globalisation), University of Oslo.

Posted by: sitesoftransformations | March 18, 2013

World Heritage Conference

For all interested in World Heritage – the research project of KULTRANS is hosting “Between dream and reality: Debating the impact of World Heritage Listing” held in Oslo 14-15 November 2013.

The conference will explore the impacts of World Heritage Listing and will address issues such as:

  • What impact does World Heritage status have?
  • To what extent does the World Heritage transform places?
  • More empirically, how does the World Heritage status impact and possibly transform places?
  • How is World Heritage status used and does it really generate change?

For more information, have a look at the call for papers

Please pass on the information!

Posted by: sitesoftransformations | December 23, 2012

23 Dec: Nearly there!

Falun WHS

It is nearly Christmas now, and I thought it was time to post a wintery photo from a Nordic World Heritage Site so I looked through some photos from a conference in Falun, and came across this one. It is one of the very few World Heritage Sites where I have seen any direct reference to peace – the more general frame of work for UNESCO. I had forgotten this photo all together – and was happy to discover it after having to re-read Di Giovine’s book on the World Heritage as a ‘heritage-scape’ (of peace-keeping).

Posted by: sitesoftransformations | December 22, 2012

22 Dec: Still listed

Postcard Chichen Itza

The world went on. And Chichen Itza is still on the World Heritage List. Time to send a good old postcard!

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