The dynamic and plural nature of the world’s cultural and natural heritage in diverse societies has not been sufficiently considered in the discourse of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. However, in some heritage sites, memories transmitted in intangible forms bear more significant value than physical evidence of the sites. At the same time, values and meanings of heritage sites can be produced by the different groups. Therefore, a collective memory of a heritage place is not always homogeneous but sometimes contentious. How the World Heritage Convention can deal with the representation of these sites? How do the other international conventions or programmes address this issue and what are the practical ways to ensure their conservation? The organizers of this theme are going to hear various voices from different regions and diverse groups. In addition to the series of academic webinars, campaigns and on-site activities with the public, in particular with the participation of the youth, will be organized in the month of September 2021.
To be announced soon!
Jean-Louis Luxen, Co-CoordinatorInternational Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Member of the Board of Trustees
Dr. Jean-Louis Luxen is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Louvainformer and President of CHEDI "Culture, Heritage & Development – International" since 2001. He was a former Administrateur Général at the Department of Cultural Affairs, Belgium (1981 to 2006), and was a President of the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Council of Europe (1989 to 1993). He served as a Secretary General of ICOMOS (1993 to 2002), with an active involvement in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. From 2007 to 2013, he acted as "Senior Legal Expert" of the European programme EUROMED HERITAGE. He was a Board Member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (2007 to 2019) and the Chair of the Expert Working Group in charge of the study on "Interpretation of Sites of Memory" commissioned by the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO in 2018. Dr. Luxen holds a master’s degree in Economics and PhD in Law.
Imrana Tiwana, Co-CoordinatorArchitect, Urbanist & Environmentalist
Imrana Tiwana is an Architect, Urbanist & Environmentalist from MIT, with Special Expertise in Culture & Heritage, part of the team that created the ‘Aga Khan Program’ at Harvard University, focusing on ‘Culture, Conservation and Preservation of Tangible, Intangible, Natural and Built Heritage’. She is a social justice activist, spearheaded and heads a successful civil society movement, safeguarding culture, heritage and the environment, with milestone judgments and awards. She represents the Prime Minister on Committees for Culture & Heritage. Imrana has worked in New York, Boston, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka. Some clients include Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Donald Trump, President of USA & Mahatir Mohammad, Prime Minister of Malaysia. She has been President Institute of Architects. She is a member of INTBAU, ICOMOS, WHW, ARCASIA, IAP, PCATP etc. She has represented Pakistan at WHW, UNESCO, Rio+20 & other international fora.
Jaeheon Choi, Co-ConvenerKonkuk University, Korea
Prof. Jaeheon Choi has worked in the field of human geography over 30 years. He got his BA and MA from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from geography in the University of Minnesota in 1993. Since 1995, He has been a professor of geography in Konkuk University, while establishing the World Heritage Studies program in the graduate school of Konkuk University in 2014. As a geographer, he was a founding member of Korean Urban Geographical Society and became the president of KUGS during 2012-2013. For cultural heritage, he has actively involved for several World Heritage nominations in Korea including Namhansanseong and Sansa, as well as being served as a ICOMOS World Heritage Panel member and Secretary General of ICOMOS Korea. He teaches classes about World Heritage including heritage planning, value-based approach for cultural heritage and so on. He is currently director of KU World Heritage Research Center and a chair of the WH program in Konkuk University, Seoul, KOREA.
Jihon Kim, Co-ConvenerKorean National Commission for UNESCO
Ms. Jihon Kim has worked in the field of international cultural heritage law at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, while attending intergovernmental meetings as an advisory member of the delegation. Ms. Kim lectured at Sungkyunkwan University as an adjunct professor and was a research fellow at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). Since September 2019, she has been on secondment to the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris, France. She also has been serving as a public legislative officer at the Ministry of Government Legislation since 2018. Ms. Kim received her B.A. in Archaeology and Art History, and M.A. in International Studies from Seoul National University, and is expected to receive her Ph.D in winter 2020, whose topic is on the Non-State Actors in the international cultural heritage laws.