Dates: November 15 to 19, 2021

Format: Online, Zoom platform

Organizers: ICCROM and the Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural – Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Extended to July 12, 2021

Languages: Spanish and Portuguese

Online Congress on experiences in risk management for cultural heritage in Ibero-America

The Ibero-American region has an important heritage with diverse and significant cultural expressions, ancient cultures and subcultures, strong links between culture and nature, and rich reserves of traditional and indigenous knowledge. However, this heritage and its communities face serious threats caused by social, political, economic and environmental factors, in particular climate change. This includes different types of natural hazards (earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, floods, droughts, landslides and mudslides, or forest fires), as well as anthropogenic threats such as unsustainable mass tourism, rapid urbanization, social conflicts, among others. The exposure of heritage and its communities to such threats, associated with existing vulnerabilities due to problems of governance, management, conservation, lack of awareness and professional opportunities, often result in risks to heritage.

Objectives and themes

The congress seeks to explore the way in which Ibero-American countries are dealing with the risks affecting the region, through systems and mechanisms to reduce existing risks (such as prevention of new risks, mitigation, response and recovery for the heritage and their communities).

Some of the questions that can guide participants are:

  • What strategies and measures are currently in place?
  • What types of collaborations exist with other risk management sectors, including the environmental sector, as well as civil protection agencies and other types of response?
  • What is the role of traditional knowledge in the region in risk management?
  • What lessons have been learned from past disasters?
  • What planning is in place for increasing hazards linked to climate change?
  • What are the training and dissemination actions for risk management strategies and measures?
  • What are the main gaps and challenges?
  • Are there risk management regulatory frameworks for cultural heritage in your institution or country?

The call is aimed at professionals and institutions in Ibero-America working in risk management, including cultural heritage, to share their experience and knowledge, learn about the challenges and needs that exist and discuss with colleagues in the region, with a view to creating possible strategies and concrete joint actions.

Duration, structure and activities

Online Congress on experiences in risk management for cultural heritage in Ibero-America

The congress will be held online, through the Zoom platform, from November 16 to 19, 2021. The selected papers will be grouped by topic, with the aim of facilitating a brief discussion at the end of each topic. Each day the session will have a maximum duration of two and a half hours.

Instructions to participate

1. Submission of abstracts
Abstracts must be received no later than June 30, 2021, to the following e-mail:

Abstract proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Abstract of up to 1,000 words
  • Name(s) of author(s) (including contact person and e-mail address)
  • Institution

2. Evaluation and acceptance of abstracts
The proposed abstracts will be reviewed and selected by an Organizing Committee. An answer will be sent to the selected authors no later than July 31, 2021.

3. Presentation and preparation of papers
For accepted proposals, authors should prepare their papers with a maximum duration of 20 minutes. Additional information will be sent after the selection process.