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CFP Conference: TORINO JANVIER 2012

Second International Workshop
Reggia di Venaria (Turin, Italy) 24-25 January 2012
Submissions of the extended abstracts:
Deadline 1st of NOVEMBER 2011
Aim of this international workshop is to analyze the main economic issues related to the
international role and future challenges of UNESCO World Heritage.
Despite the great success in promoting cultures and ecosystems at the global level, UNESCO
nowadays is in a new phase of re-optimizing its consolidated strategies. World heritage sites are
increasingly recognized as hotspots for promoting local sustainable development and thereby
favoring world cultural and natural diversity. This arguably means that simple conservation and
preservation strategies should be complemented through new mechanisms where cultural capital
and natural resources expressed by World Heritage properties can be used as an asset for economic
and social development.
In a dynamic world, UNESCO is also facing the challenge of sustaining the evolution of historic cities
and the culture of new towns established under the future trends of urbanization pressure. Finally,
as the number of World Heritage sites is growing each year, the List is facing new challenges
regarding the governance of the World Heritage system and the ability to raise funds for the
preservation and promotion of such international public good.
To explore in more details these topics, the workshop will be divided into the following sections:

After forty years of operation of the 1972 UNESCO Convention, many forms of tangible cultural
heritage and natural ecosystems have been preserved. Today, there is a growing attention to the
issue of sustainable development, which means, first of all, resources for preserving sites for future
generations, for reducing inequalities between properties and for enhancing the quality of life, the
traditional cultural expressions of places and the intercultural dialogue.
For cultural properties special focus should be given to the production of new forms of cultural and
creative expressions from the communities involved in the World Heritage Properties. First, this
means to sustain material cultural production by enhancing the role of arts, crafts and traditional
knowledge. Secondly, sustainable development may be triggered through the production of new
cultural contents in the creative industries. Third, the aim is to produce culture by means of
heritage, monuments and natural resources in innovative and productive ways. Fourth issue is to
encourage sustainable tourism actions at World Heritage sites.
As far as natural properties are involved, sustainable development mostly refers to their valuation
and economic impact, that means assessing the ecosystem service values that are
created/enhanced by World Heritage protection and how are they reflected in the local economy.
Finally, what are the best indicators to measure sustainable development generated by the
interaction of UNESCO World Heritage sites, local cultures and the socioeconomic environment? Due
to the acknowledged limitations of traditional economic indicators, new measures are attracting
interests for their openness to political, ethical and cultural dimensions of societies. In the
evaluation of the economic and social outcomes of site management approaches based on network
analysis helping to describe local systems and their evolution are welcome.
One of the emerging issues in the new millennium is to understand the role and evolution of urban
contexts and historic cities. This fundamental target is not only a priority for UNESCO, but it is
shared by several agencies of the UN system and other international bodies such as the World
Bank, the European Investment Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Actually, the rationale behind the development of historic cities and the conservation of cultural
urban landscape requires a better understanding of the benefits and costs of urban planning,
development and conservation strategies, namely from the analysis of anthropic pressure to that on
carrying capacity and congestion costs. As a result, analyses should address how to cope with the
emerging challenges for urban historic conservation: global population growth, the blast of domestic
and international tourism and the increasing pressure for land conversion inside and outside the
historic precincts. Another issue relates to the pressure of migration from rural to urban areas.
Many overpopulated countries are facing the alternative of planning the construction of new towns
or governing the expansion of the existent metropolitan areas. Both choices are full of challenges
concerning the role of culture and cultural identity of these new urban landscapes.
UNESCO protects cultural diversity since its early beginnings. In 2005, the Convention on the
Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions has been launched to support the
goal of cultural diversity. While protecting cultural diversity is an overarching issue, one of the main
challenges is to find reliable measures of cultural diversity and to understand if the current effort in
promoting diversity is strong enough. Is there room for increasing cultural diversity in the World
Heritage system or the ceiling has already been reached? What are relations between natural and
cultural diversity? For celebrating cultural diversity, researchers are invited to showcase culture in
an era of change.

The increasing success of 1972 UNESCO Convention requires an enhanced governance. How to
enforce conservation strategies? How to develop local strategies for reducing economic and
institutional unbalances among World Heritage Properties?
Therefore, there is the need to develop new governance instruments that make protected areas
contribute to local wellbeing while maintaining or enhancing World Heritage values of the site.
These policies should cover new options of fundraising, management, monitoring, planning and
producing culture. In particular, fundraising can be sustained by strategies based on microcontributions
from tourists and visitors to the World Heritage Properties.
More generally, we may inquire into the way the World Heritage List is constructed. Are there only
concerns for the outstanding universal value of properties inscribed or there are other political,
bureaucratic and institutional factors affecting the List composition?

Theoretical contributions as well as case studies are welcome. The workshop is open to
scholars, doctoral students and young researchers, from economics, sociology, law and
other related fields. A selection of the contributions could be published in a special issue
of a journal or in book.
The abstract of the proposed paper should be about 2000 words.
The deadline for extended abstract submission is the 1st of November 2011.
Some travel and accommodation funds are available. Acceptance will be notified by the
10th of November 2011.

Please submit the abstract and the application form to: centrostudi@css-ebla.it
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