26.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

“Revisiting Kathmandu. Safeguarding living urban heritage”. Call for papers

A call for papers on urban cultural heritage was recently launched by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and ICOMOS Nepal, the main organizers of an international symposium entitled “Revisiting Kathmandu. Safeguarding living urban heritage”. The symposium will take place from 25 to 29 November 2013 in the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage property. The papers, for which abstracts should be submitted by 25 August 2013, should address the four main themes of the conference, namely authenticity, community, management and disaster risk reduction. Details of the call for papers are on the conference website at www.unesco.org/new/en/kathmandu/culture/revisiting-kathmandu-25-29-november-2013/

The symposium takes place in a context where the understanding of heritage is changing to include not only monuments, but entire cities where people live, work, worship and celebrate festivals. As values and aspirations of the society change, the urban spaces must adapt and respond to this change. How do we maintain the delicate balance between conserving what provides the historic city it’s intrinsic character and value while, at the same time, allowing for the change that is required for a city to sustain its social and economic vibrancy?


The symposium, which is being organized by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and the Nepal national committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS Nepal), together with a variety of partners including ICOMOS-ICORP (International Scientific Committee for Risk Preparedness) and the Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal, will begin with an inaugural ceremony on the evening of 25 November 2013 and will be followed by a series of workshops over the next four days.


 During each of the four main days of the symposium, the participants will discuss the conservation of living urban heritage based on four themes and each day the venue will shift to a different monument zone of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage property. In Lalitpur the theme will be “Authenticity”, in Pashupati “Heritage Management”, in Bhaktapur “Community involvement” and in Kathmandu “Disaster Risk Reduction”. Each day’s programme will include a keynote speech, the presentation of case studies, group work and discussions. Additionally there will be various supporting activities including relevant site visits and poster presentations in the evenings.


The symposium will contribute to the international discussion on how best to safeguarding living urban heritage taking into account theoretical understanding as well as practical approaches. Each of the four individual symposium themes will be reviewed and assessed. Focus will however be given on the complex inter-linkages between the four themes and how they as a whole determine our approach to conservation of living urban heritage sites. The outcome of the symposium will be published.

Visit the Conference website for more information.

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