Posted on: 15 December, 2017
Application deadline: September 7, 2018

Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence, 3-7 September 2018, Kraków, Poland

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PAPERS Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence

3-7 September 2018, Kraków, Poland

Call for papers deadline: 9th April 2018

Jewish Heritage has a place in many cities and towns across Europe but often it is in need of protection, conservation and interpretation. With effective management it can be integrated into the historic urban landscape, provide an important educational function and attract tourists. This conference will bring together planners, heritage specialists from many cities across Europe to discuss examples of best practice and examine some of the issues involved with identifying, restoring and revitalising Jewish heritage sites. The City of Krakow has long experience of working with its Jewish heritage and will provide an excellent location to discuss approaches and problems and to network.

As part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, we are very pleased to announce the International Conference Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence. We are pleased to be working with the Foundation for Jewish Heritage and in association with the City of Krakow and the Villa Decius Association, Poland.

The conference aims to situate Jewish Heritage – in all of its forms and with all attendant issues, challenges and opportunities – in the wider context of an urban heritage framework.

In addition to the Call for Papers, we will be pleased to receive abstracts for presentations that address any of the following:

  • Case studies of conserving Jewish Heritage;
  • The regeneration of former Jewish districts and buildings;
  • Interpretation of Jewish Heritage;
  • The development of tourism based upon the tangible or intangible heritage of the Jewish community.

Held in the World Heritage City of Krakow in Poland, which demonstrates both the potential and the challenges involved with its own extensive Jewish heritage, the Conference will bring together academics, managers, planners, policy-makers and community leaders to address the above questions and more.  The Conference is designed to encourage provocative, creative and constructive dialogue across different sectors and different disciplines and will feature case studies and best practice. Thus we welcome papers from those working in heritage conservation, planning, policy, management, interpretation, museums and tourism and from academic colleagues in fields such as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, business, heritage, history, geography, sociology and urban studies.

Please provide a 300 word abstract of your intended paper/presentation no later than 9th April 2018 via our online submission platform:

If you wish to engage with us in this major event please contact the Conference Manager Hannah Stretton –

For further details and for submission guidelines please visit:

RSA Member Discount- RSA Members benefit from a 15% discount on the early bird rate. 

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