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Panel Discussion “Heritage of Humanity and European Cultural Heritage. Finding Common Grounds.”

21/06/2018, 09:30 - 14:00
Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin
 Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Ausstellungseröffnung Bernard Larsson Leaving is Entering Berlin Photographs 1961–1968

The European Year of Cultural Heritage emphasizes the role of heritage as a resource for a common future of Europe in a world with ever more interconnected and at the same time increasingly fragmented societies. Also within Europe, tensions are growing between national narratives and our common European narrative.

Europe is searching for common grounds. The UNESCO conventions and programmes are based on a holisitc understanding of heritage. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has successfully established the concept of heritage of humanity in its cultural and natural dimensions since the establishment of the organization after World War II. Beyond its national references, heritage has a global significance with a shared global responsibility. Heritage is about overcoming the assumption that natural and cultural heritage belong to one exclusive level of identification. Heritage of humanity in the sense of UNESCO promotes multiple identifications and supports inclusive democratic models.

Against the background of increasing authoritarian tendencies in Europe and the associated dangers of instrumentalizing (cultural) heritage, the panel discussion will address the opportunities and challenges of the heritage concept of UNESCO. Emphasis will be put on its potential to strengthening a common understanding of cultural diversity, transnational heritage, the interaction between culture and nature as well as our shared responsibility for democracy, inclusion and cohesion in Europe in all its diversity.

Panellists include i.a.: Bénédicte Selfslagh (President of ICOMOS Belgium and Chairperson of the European Heritage Label Panel), Dr. Roland Bernecker (Secretary-General of the German Commission for UNESCO), Christoph Heinrich (Director of the Conservation Department at WWF Germany), Marc Jacobs (UNESCO Chair of Critical Heritage at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Carl Grouwet (cultural manager and politician, office of the spokesperson of the FDP for cultural policies), Marielies Schelhaas (Secretary-General of the Dutch Commission for UNESCO) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaschuba (Director of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research).

The panel discussion will be organized by the German Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor.

The conference languages are German and English.

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