Half a century has passed since the ratification of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. In this timespan, different things have changed: starting from the definition of heritage, which has become increasingly inclusive, embedding visions and cultures that would not have received the same prominence fifty years ago; to the extension of the geographical scope in which the principles of the Convention are applied; to the intended use of World Heritage properties, different and diverse depending on cultural and social contexts. The states of conservation, modalities of access and fruition, numbers of users, and the nature of the objects have changed. However, the objective of identifying, protecting, preserving, enhancing and passing on to future generations the cultural and natural World Heritage of the planet, through the implementation of a system of international cooperation and assistance, remains unchanged. The commitment of the States Parties to the Convention to make the protection of the World Heritage more integrated with wider territorial planning tools, through adequate safeguard actions from the legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial point of view, remains valid. At the same time, efforts have been made to strengthen the focus on education and the awareness-raising of heritage values, through the training of qualified personnel, the establishment of interdisciplinary and intersectoral specialised centres, as well as international cooperation.
In addition, changes in settings and contexts have affected the risks World Heritage properties are exposed to: alongside natural and anthropogenic degradation phenomena, in recent decades risk factors related to climate change, the rapid increase in tourism numbers and the intensification of political instability and armed conflicts, in combination with the role in identity-making attributed to monuments, have intensified, with consequent impacts on physical, social and cultural fabrics.
Fifty years after the ratification of the Convention, it seems useful to attempt to reflect on what happened in these past decades: to propose an interpretation of how the processes of protection, management and enhancement of World Heritage have evolved over time; how the increase in the number of sites and the involvement of different geographical and cultural areas have affected decision- making processes; how the emergence of new phenomena has influenced the process of inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
On the occasion of both the official celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Convention, titled The Next 50 and held in Florence, as well as the 40th anniversary of the inscription of the Historic Centre of Florence on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the University of Florence and the Municipality of Florence are promoting two days of dialogue and discussion with the aim of involving scholars, professionals and decision-makers to reflect on the main themes of the Convention and its future development and implementation.
The event aims at shedding light on the ways in which World Heritage has been able to unite people, places and experiences at a global level, fostering the production and dissemination of theories, strategies and practices to protect and safeguard cultural and natural heritage, in a perspective of a people-centred sustainable development based on the understanding and on the wider use of heritage values.
The Conference is structured in the following themes, coordinated by members of the Scientific Committee.
In order to participate in the conference, it is necessary to send an abstract (in Italian, French or English) with an indication of the objectives, methodology and results of the research. The abstract (max 2000 characters including spaces) must contain: title, name of the author(s), institution/affiliation, e-mail, 3 to 5 keywords, and the "identification code" of the contribution (indicate the number of the theme your contribution refers to – 1. Charters and conventions: evolution of the notion of World Heritage; 2. Protection and Safeguarding of World Heritage; 3. Man, nature and climate: World Heritage properties at risk; 4. The soft power of the World Heritage List; 5. The management of World Heritage properties; 6. From the concept of monument to the Historic Urban Landscape approach; 7. Knowledge and capacity building. The name and contact details of all authors must be submitted with the abstract.
Abstracts and contributions should follow the templates provided by the conference organisation.
The abstracts must be submitted by June 15, 2022 in pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org. The file has to be named as follows: surname, first letter of the name_number of the thematic nucleus of reference. i.e.: SmithJ_2.pdf
Authors will be notified of their admission to the conference by June 20, 2022, after a review carried out by the Scientific Committee. The authors will be asked to send the full paper for a further revision. The organising committee reserves the right to ask the authors to make any changes/additions suggested by the Scientific Committee.
15th June 2022: abstracts submission deadline (2000 characters, including spaces)
20th June2022: abstracts acceptance notification
30th August 2022: submission of full contributions (12000 characters, including spaces, footnotes and captions
9th September 2022: notification of the revision of the full paper
30th September 2022: full paper submission deadline
November 2022: publication in a special feature of the journal «Restauro Archeologico», edited by Firenze
University Press, which has been rated as "Class A" by Anvur (the Italian rating agency for scientific journals) using the VQR (Research Quality Evaluation) system.
Conference fee: 200€
Reduced fee for PhD and master’s students: 120€
Reduced fee for ICOMOS and SIRA members: 180€