Call for Papers & Posters: Croatian EU Council Presidency Conference

First Announcement


The role of cultural heritage in socio-economic development and preservation of democratic values

Organised by University of Rijeka

In partnership with: 

Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia and the European Commission as part of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Date and Venue: March 11-13, 2020, Opatija (venue TBC)

Keynote lecturers

Étienne Balibar, Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine; Anniversary Chair Professor at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University and a Visiting Professor at the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University

Danica Kragić Jansfelt, Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems. Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Young Academy of Sweden.

Rem Koolhaas (TBC)

The working language of the conference is English.

Official Conference website: http://heritage.uniri.hr/

Conference Rationale and Background

The main objective of the international conference is to inaugurate a profound debate among relevant stakeholders on the impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and, more specifically, cultural heritage, on socio-economic development and preservation of democratic values. Through appropriate discursive forms, it will reflect and debate upon the future of Research and Innovation (R&I) in SSH in relation to global and local communities, especially relating to the interaction of culture, open science, creative industries and disruptive technologies, as well as the implications of these on sustainability, future jobs and democratic values.

The conference will bring together experts from all around Europe, from the academia and non-governmental sector, foundations and other stakeholders relevant forfuture R&I in SSH, policy makers, local authorities, as well as partakers and contributors to Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture program. The aim is to present research results and develop substantial discussions on the topics of Cultural Heritage and the future of research and development in SSH in a rapidly changing world characterised by digitization, mobility, brain circulation, inequalities and technological advancement, and their repercussions on the socio-economic context and the democratic values.

The conference will tackle the role of higher education (universities) as a space for sustenance of civic responsibility, teaching of ethical behaviour and dialogue with the wider community based on mutual trust, transparency of actions and an open mind-set responsive to democratic values.

The conference will support and promote the thorough development of Open Science in European research area. The Conference is based on five pillars as thematic foci of the Call for Papers.

We invite papers which address one of the three thematic SSH pillars or one of the two additional horizontal comprehensive pillars that reflect the SSH policies and cooperation with governments, the civil society and business.

Pillar 1

Societal response to disruptive technologies: cultural and ethical challenges of artificial intelligence, smart and digital transformations, sustainability issues, societal inclusiveness related to disruptive technologies

In addressing Pillar 1, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • digital transformation in the study of cultural heritage: challenges and opportunities for a more connected Europe;
  • digitization of cultural heritage – new methodologies, models and training in facilitating access to cultural heritage;
  • ethical, political, and economic benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence;
  • the problem of inequality and imbalances regarding research and usage of new technologies in cultural heritage research and promotion;
  • cultural heritage and creative industries;
  • novel and engaging participatory approaches to sustainability – fostering the place of heritage in sustainable development;
  • new technologies and their effects on longevity, ageing societies, labour market, collaborative economy and new lifestyles.
Pillar 2

Industrial heritage from the perspective of industrial revolution 4.0: future jobs for innovative social ecosystem and innovative creative industries

In addressing Pillar 2, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • smart cities as a model of social development;
  • new technologies and (old) poverty – the varieties of future jobs and the phenomena of precarious work;
  • industrial heritage as an intangible economic resource in promoting local/national development;
  • cultural and industrial heritage in stimulating sustainable tourism;
  • quality of working and living conditions from the perspective of industrial revolution 4.0;
  • social innovation in form of urban reinventions and new roles of cities in the international political and economic landscapes;
  • the role of new European universities in innovative social ecosystems – relevance of higher education for future jobs and the needs of society.
Pillar 3

Cultural heritage and democratic values: cultural diversities as the main platform for sustainable development.

In addressing Pillar 3, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • heritage and cultural diversity – problems of identities in creating cultural policies;
  • the complexities of the relationship between Europeanness and diversity;
  • challenges of difficult, controversial or dissonant heritage;
  • relations between local and national level regarding social development, social cohesion, inclusiveness and participation;
  • breaking the dualisms of tangible-intangible, rural-urban, culture-nature;
  • dynamic creation of parallel, communicating spaces of culture, research and education;
  • the role of cultural production and art in confronting the growing inequality and exclusion in the globalized world;
  • multi- and pluri-lingual identities and the ethic of translation in Europe;
  • minority languages as part of the European cultural heritage and identity.
Pillar 4

Policy: Enlightenment now– the role of SSH in social transformation and social cohesion: European university networks and alliances and the cooperation with local/regional/national/international governments and civil society

In addressing Pillars 4, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • the role of cultural heritage in the European education systems;
  • the role of research institutions in creating policies related to the preservation of cultural and industrial heritage;
  • European cultural heritage networks and sectors – strategies, methodologies, use of standards and quality control in conservation, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage;
  • enhancing security and quality measures in protection of cultural heritage;
  • non-autochthons heritages: minority enlightenment(s) and regional cosmopolitanism(s) as the prospect for a non-state-bound protection of rights;
  • sustainability on the periphery – urgent matter of (different) education – relocating the discourse from natural sciences to SSH;
  • archaeological cultural heritage in the context of local communities within the European society;
  • the role of museums and heritage sites as places of constructing and reconstructing memory;
  • heritage of conflicts and prospects for peace.
Pillar 5

Cooperation: Autonomy and financing – the role of SSH in the development of new institutions: from helix concepts, R&I and the new strategic partnerships.

In addressing Pillars 5, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • diverse forms of university-community partnerships and engagement;
  • challenges, institutional models and good practices of open science and open innovation;
  • institutional, political, social and economic development of knowledge-based learning societies;
  • strategic recommendations for a transformative and mission-oriented research and innovation in the EU, with identified goals: smart innovation-led growth, inclusion, and sustainability;
  • intersectional and interdisciplinary nature of cultural heritage research.

Furthermore, in addressing Pillars 4 and 5, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following questions:

  • How to improve the framework conditions for international cooperation in research and innovation?
  • How to improve the knowledge alliances and partnerships between business and higher education?
  • How to improve research as co-creation between the researcher and the community?
  • How university rankings and the number of doctoral students can improve the innovation capabilities?
  • How to develop the policy of retaining and attracting international talents?
  • Is there room for improving the state-aid framework for R&I?
  • How to increase the financing of R&I activities from private sources?
  • Is there a need to engage the Structural funds devoted to research and innovation?
  • How to successfully promote the design and creative industries?

For the poster and video presentations, in relation also to the above themes, we especially invite presenters for the following sections:

  • digitization of cultural heritage – case studies;
  • industrial heritage interpretation and valorisation;
  • urbanising industrial areas;
  • cultural heritage and tourism.

The best three posters and videos will be honoured with a recognition award at the end of the conference.

We encourage submissions by diverse stakeholders relevant for the future of SSH:

  • researchers from the field of SSH;
  • science policy-makers;
  • research associations and networks;
  • NGOs and civil society representatives;
  • representatives from business and non-academic institutions;
  • foundations and cultural institutions, institutes and organisations.

Video presentations are intended for multimedia presentations that focus on some problems or examples of conservation, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. We look for videos not older than 5 years that are informative, educative, research based, inspirational and challenging. Interactive digital presentations (e.g. 3D reconstructions and virtual tours) are especially welcome. The content of a video should be in the maximum of three-minute timeframe. At the beginning of each video the name(s) of the author(s), the title of the presentations and the country of origin should be clearly stated. Acceptable video formats are: mp4, webM, ogv.

Key dates:

01 September 2019: Opening of web interface for presentations’ upload.

15 October 2019: Submission deadline

30 November 2019: Selection deadline, confirmations of participants and invitation of full papers

01 February 2020: Submission of full papers

*All the abstracts accepted for presentation for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings that will be made available also in open access on the conference website.


Summer School of Innovative Interpretation of Industrial Heritage

Summer School of Innovative Interpretation of Industrial Heritage, organized by Center for Industrial Heritage and Center for Advanced Studies – Southeast Europe of University of Rijeka in cooperation with Culture Hub Croatia and European Heritage Volunteers, started on Monday, 17th of September with the volunteers’ visit to the City of Rijeka, where they were welcomed by Deputy Mayor Marko Filipović, Ivan Šarar, Head of the Department of Culture at the City of Rijeka and Ms Helga Večerinović, expert associate for product development at the City of Rijeka Turist Board.

During the two weeks long Summer School, the students from Croatia, China, Russia, Chile, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Taiwan investigated and researched the possibilities of the innovative interpretation of the school ship „Galeb“ and the Sugar Refinery, two representative objects of Rijeka’s industrial heritage, which are currently in the process of renovation. The mentioned reception at the City of Rijeka was also an opportunity for a short presentation of the project “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage”, funded by the European Regional Development Fund – Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion”. The Croatia’s Ministry of Regional Development and the EU funds provided substantial amount of 68.891.606,18 kuna for the project’s development, with the total worth of the project of 81.339.442,05 kuna.

On Tuesday, 18th of September, Summer School program continued in Delta Lab, with a Conference on the Interpretation of Industrial Heritage, with experts from the field of cultural and industrial heritage valorisation and interpretation, including doc. dr. sc. Darko Babić (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Information and Communication Sciences) co-founder of the “Interpret Croatia” Association, who provided a remarkable and detailed overview of the interpretation theory, focusing on the need of creating an emotional link between the audiences and the (information regarding) the heritage, and focusing on interpretation as a creative informal education and, moreover, the importance of understanding that heritage comes into being by being interpreted. He concluded that the ideal situation is that in which the local communities recognize their heritage and know what they want to gain from it and then seek the experts to tell its story.

The program continued with lectures and workshop with the „Muses“: Dragana Lucija Ratković Aydemir and Ivana Jagic Boljat who emphasized the importance of good communication and openness in working with the clients and the users of the interpretation, and the pronounced relevance of understanding the needs of the local communities from the very start of interpretation process. The afternoon session continued with lectures and presentations of best practice examples with Jelena Mateševac (Primorje-Gorski Kotar County) presenting the project Cultural-tourist Route “the Routes of the Frankopans”, followed by mr. sc. Vlatko Čakširan (City Museum Sisak) presenting the „Info center of Industrial Heritage – Holland House“. Best practice example with regards to EU projects aimed at promoting co-operation between central European cities, and providing other cities, though their associations, with recommendations on how to improve hidden cultural heritage potentials were presented by Sonja Lukin and Tanja Pavlovic – Flegar (City of Rijeka), with the „Forget Heritage“ project, followed by Luka Rodela (Molekula Association) presenting the re-use center pilot within the same project, providing us with a short „beginners guide“ to heritage management in the context of forlorn industrial factories of Rijeka.

On Wednesday, September 19th, the most important current Rijeka project, Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture was presented by Dorian Celcer, Partnership and Protocol Coordinator at the Rijeka2020 d.o.o.  He provided a showcase of the initial idea, application process, current developments and the seven flagships overview with the goals and legacy of the project, expected after 2020.

On Thursday, the volunteers were greeted by the University of Rijeka representatives, Prof. Sanja Baric, Vice Rector for Studies and Students, and Associate Professor Bojana Ćulum, Department of Education at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, giving an overview of the University’s policies and strategies aimed at developing and fostering student activism and volunteering. The volunteers also met with the representatives of the Student Council at the University of Rijeka: Margime Hasani, Tea Dimnjašević and Kruno Topolski, followed by a walk around the University Campus.

On Friday, the students worked on the SWOT analysis of the Galeb ship, a week-long task with an agenda of forming innovative interpretation proposals and a final document to be presented after working in situ at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, in vicinity of the Sugar Refinery administrative building, a magnificent late Baroque palace remained from the former complex, built in 1786 in Rijeka. The building is currently in the process of renovation within the program of the “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage” project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund – Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion”. Once renovated, in 2020 the Baroque palace will become the new City Museum of Rijeka. The project is managed by the City of Rijeka in partnership with the Rijeka Tourist Board and the University of Rijeka – Center for Industrial Heritage and the CAS SEE.

Over the weekend, the volunteers visited Labin and Raša in Istria, where they had a guided tour and a short lecture on the interesting and somewhat hidden history of coal mining industrial town of Raša. On Monday, the working session continued with the Sugar Refinery analysis at the DeltaLab.

On Tuesday afternoon at Delta Lab the volunteers had another public event in the framework of the International Workshop on Interpretation of Industrial Heritage summer school, they were presenting examples of good practices from all over the world.

On Wednesday, the morning session began with a guided visit to the Sugar Refinery administrative building and then we continued the day with the analysis for the Sugar Refinery interpretation proposals at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka during another public event, the Open Doors Day, which gave the opportunity to welcome guests at the working site of the Museum. The volunteers also visited the opening of the newly built RiHub, a co-working space aimed at hosting the creative industry, Rijeka 2020 d.o.o. offices and freelancers as well as providing a space for versatile educational and creative events.

The final proposal presentation of innovative interpretations by the European Heritage Volunteers is set for Friday, Saturday 28th, starting at 5.00 pm at the Delta Lab (Delta 5) in Rijeka.