Friday, November 30, 2012

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Natural Disaster and Cultural Heritage

Lisbon, Portugal, 2-5 July 2013
Panel 63

CfP EuroSEAS Conference: 
Natural Disaster and Cultural Heritage

Please send your abstracts to the convenors until 30 November 2012.
(for more details see:

  • Gabriele Weichart / University of Vienna (Austria):
  • Ulrike Herbig / Vienna University of Technology (Austria):
  • Punto Wijayanto / Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia):
  • Wahyu Utami / Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia):
Although the frequency of earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions and other natural catastrophes have remained fairly constant, an increase in deaths and in damage upon the landscape and the built environment, as well as other severe effects upon people’s lives and livelihoods, have been recorded over the past few decades. As a result of these devastating incidents, thousands of people every year have to repair or rebuild their houses, hamlets or towns. Often they have to leave their home, land and/or community and “start a new life” in a sometimes foreign environment. Natural disasters   therefore not only cause physical and economical damage, but also provoke changes in people’s social and cultural lives.

In this workshop, we aim to explore the relationships between natural disaster and cultural heritage. Archaeological sites, places, buildings and objects of historical and/or artistic value, or having local or other kinds of cultural significance, are destroyed or damaged in the course of disasters. Often they are lost, to the owner, the caretaker, the local or global “community”, for a certain time or forever.  While the material and economic effects of disasters are most obvious, they are not the only outcomes. Immaterial cultural traditions, like rituals, songs, dances, myths and other forms of expression, may change or be abandoned when a community breaks apart and/or loses its cultural experts, when places of significance can no longer be visited, or when ritual objects are no longer available.

Hence, we are interested in the effects of natural disasters on tangible and intangible cultural heritage. We are especially interested in comparing the perspectives and opinions of different stakeholders, including organisations responsible for the protection and maintenance of sites and objects, architects and craftspeople who work in reconstruction, cultural or religious specialists and custodians who see their duty in preserving and transmitting certain traditions, and the general public who are ultimately the beneficiaries of those traditions. 

We envisage addressing a wide range of issues and questions in this workshop. For example:

  • How do different stakeholders respond to the need to restore cultural heritage in the context of post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction?   
  • How are priorities defined? Who defines the cultural heritage that is worthy of preservation in the aftermath of disaster? How are objects given priority in the reconstruction phase, possibly at the neglect and expense of other important items?  What is to be the future of intangible cultural heritage? Do objects or traditions gain or lose the status of heritage after their damage or destruction in a disaster?
  • What are the benefits and difficulties of preserving and rehabilitating cultural heritage in comparison to more mundane objects or items?
  • In order to address these and other related questions, we invite anthropologists, sociologists, historians, art historians, architects, urban planners, economists, psychologists, and others to join us in a timely and innovative cross-disciplinary and cross-regional conversation.
Guidelines for Abstracts: 
  • Abstracts should be sent by the author(s) to the convenors of the panel. 
  • The deadline for sending abstracts to the convenors is 30 November 2012.
  • The text should not exceed 1.500 characters (including spaces). Title of the paper, name of the author(s) and affiliation must be included.

Please direct all applications and inquiries to the conveners of the panels. The abstracts should be send to the convenor(ers) no later than the 31ST DECEMBER 2012.
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