Have you heard of Heritage Thursdays?  

fig5The ICOMOS Our Common Dignity Rights-Based Approaches Working Group (OCD-RBA) is leading a series of webinars held on the last Thursday of the month in 2021 that delve into topics related to people-centred approaches to cultural heritage.

The program so far has introduced how OCD-RBA works to integrate rights-based approaches into all aspects of the work of ICOMOS, and how the right to heritage implies the respect for the heritage of others – and this includes considerations of gender and LGTBQ+ communities.

Click here to check out the recordings of our previous webinars:

- People-Centred Approaches to Cultural Heritage;

- Gender and Cultural Heritage

And there are still plenty more exciting topics to get through before the end of 2021! 

The Heritage Thursdays webinar format begins with news and short video interventions to bring multiple voices and perspectives into the discussion. Roundtable presentations then provide the opportunity for more concentrated and wrap-up debate. OCD-RBA recognizes that there are a lot of webinars out there, and so it aims to continuously improve the webinar offerings by seeking feedback through a specially-developed English/Spanish/French Evaluation or Exit Poll that all participants are encouraged to fill out.

Please come and support us at our next Heritage Thursday!!


Upcoming Heritage Thursdays webinars:

26 August

12:00pm – 13.45pm (CET)

Trauma and Heritage


30 September

12:00pm – 13.45pm (CET)

Africa: the right to heritage 


28 October

12:00pm – 13.45pm (CET)

Inspirational Documents and Case Studies for Future Policies


25 November

12:00pm – 13.45pm (CET)

Living Heritage and Climate Change



Methodologies for Exploring Emotional Attachments to Heritage Places


Heritage Thursdays takes a break for the last Thursday of July and then welcomes the ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group (EPWG) for their upcoming webinar on Thursday 26 August 2021, 12.00pm – 1.45pm (CET).

The EPWG webinar will explore Trauma and Heritage:

Trauma can be inflicted in many circumstances following natural disasters and armed conflicts, affecting entire communities, and can even be transmitted from one generation to the next (transgenerational trauma). Indeed, these events (earthquakes, tsunami, pandemic, colonialism, terrorism, domestic conflicts, displacement, ethnic and cultural cleansing, etc.) can cause deep wounds and damage to the psyche of those affected. Consequently, such events and traumas can impact and transform tangible and intangible cultural heritage practices (changing local traditions) and materiality (caused by, e.g., a tsunami or bombing), and/or in their interpretation (heritage dissonant in its contrast of meanings and values between past and present).

By encouraging people-centred approaches, decision-makers enable heritage to become a resource for conflict resolution and for the social, economic and cultural development of the territory in which it is located. Through case studies in different contexts, the webinar will reflect on the role of cultural heritage conservation in addressing the trauma experienced by local communities.

To join the EPWG August webinar please register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcequqz8vGNdDmS_WyKVfz5FqSfP94UtZ


See more:

Picto doigt Heritage Thursdays Webinar Series l Webinar 1: People-Centred Approaches to Cultural Heritage

Picto doigt Read the Spanish version of this article here


Photo credits: Heritage volunteers rescue a wooden fragment (Jaali) from an earthquake damaged traditional house in the historic settlement of Sankhu ravaged by the earthquakes. © Rohit Jigyasu, is licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 3.02015