5th SESSION OIC 2023/24 “Contemporary Issues in International Heritage: Between the Local and the Global”
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5th SESSION OIC 2023/24 "Contemporary Issues in International Heritage: Between the Local and the Global"

February 8th | 2:30 pm | CITCEM Auditorium (FLUP)

Proponent of the session: Rodrigo Christofoletti, PhD in History, Politics and Cultural Assets from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (2010) (CITCEM Research Group: Material and Intangible Heritage)

Title/General theme of the session: “Contemporary Issues in International Heritage: Between the Local and the Global”

Session Summary: At the end of the 20th century, classic themes in international relations such as discussions on the polarity of the international system, the balance of power, security, among others, gave way to new theoretical lines, which multiplied their intellectual productions on the so-called new themes of International Relations, which chose approaches that were more reactive to contemporary reality, such as cultural heritage, human rights, the environment, as well as broadening the scope of themes related to the cultural universe, especially cultural heritage, encompassing concerns about the debate surrounding the trafficking and repatriation of cultural goods; the wave of destruction of heritage sponsored by radical ethnic and religious groups around the world; the increasingly protagonist dimension of human rights as an inalienable right, especially in the face of the wave of forced migrations increasingly present in the contemporary world. At the multilateral level, efforts to institutionalize new principles and practices in International Relations related to these issues have been made on a larger scale since the late 1990s and early 21st century, emanating above all from UNESCO. Some documents have provided the basis for this institutionalization effort, such as the resolutions that adopted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972), the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001), the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). This workshop seeks to understand how international relations has prioritized heritage and human rights as new challenges and to present how these new themes have motivated international relations to broaden its scope of attention between the local and the global, seeking to answer the following question: how has soft power motivated new approaches to international heritage?

Name of the speakers and their paper titles:

Rodrigo Christofoletti (Professor of Cultural Heritage at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora – UFJF, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Orcid: 0000-0002-6346-6890; Science ID: cc1f-b5d8-52dd/) – Soft power in cultural goods: new domains for international heritage

Inês da Costa Carvalho (PhD student in Heritage Studies FLUP/CITCEM. FCT 2021.07318.BD; Ciência ID: 4718-6621-DC64; Orcid: 0000-0002-8851-828XIbero-American approaches to linguistic heritage: a human rights analysis

Isadora Parreira Ribeiro (PhD student at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora – UFJF, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Science ID: 0312-4CF7-DE80; ORCID: 0009-0002-9712-8280 – Decolonial Heritage Education in the museums of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais: possibilities and reflections

Catia Oliveira (PhD student in Heritage Studies FLUP/CITCEM. FCT-SFRH/BD/144549/2019. Science ID: 511A-56D2-1DD6) – The narrative of cultural rights in dialogue with local communities.

Moderators-commentators of the session:

Maria Leonor Botelho (Associate Professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto. Orcid: 0000-0002-2981-0694. Science ID: E811-2F37-FFCD).

Joana Marisa Castro Azevedo da Rocha Pereira (Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Letters, University of Porto; member of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations, U.NOVA-Lisbon. Science ID: 9D12-C70C-0362. Orcid: 0000-0002-6272-8481)


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