Webinars Series 'Human Rights' by OurWorldHeritage
The registration for the webinars can be done here.
call for paper
Topic: Censored? Conflicted Concepts of Cultural Heritage
At the 5th Annual Conference of the DFG Research Training Group on "Identity and Heritage" that is on 25th and 26th November 2021 in Weimar (In the case of pandemic-related restrictions, the conference will take place online).
Abstract Submission Deadline: 16th May 2021
Paper Submission Deadline: 10th November 2021
Conference Language: German and English
More information can be found here.
call for proposal
UNESCO - 2021 Silk Roads Youth Grant Proposal Submissions
The Grant aims to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads shared heritage.
Who can apply? Young applicants under the age of 35
Application Deadline: 18th April 2021
Further information on applications can be found here.
This marks the beginning of a new initiative by ESACH for heritage students/professionals. Starting here on we'll be posting some upcoming and current opportunities such as Job Openings, Internships, Volunteering Opportunities, Webinars, Call for Paper etc. that could be of interest to you. Please keep a lookout for the upcoming posts.
Here are a few recent Job Openings in UNESCO Headquarters:
This month, our ESACH Talks focuses on the challenges and opportunities around the UNESCO World Heritage programme.
The World Heritage Committee is the body responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, the use of the World Heritage Fund, and inscriptions on the World Heritage List.
During their yearly meeting, the committee composed of 21 State Parties examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties and requests actions to improve the management of the properties listed.
Because young people are seldom part of the State Party delegations. UNESCO seeks to incorporate fresh perspectives to join the conversation by introducing initiatives such as the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum. This side event to the Committee Meeting is a flagship activity from the Heritage Education Programme and aims to foster intercultural learning and exchange.
Another important forum that has brought technical expertise from young voices in the World Heritage Site Managers’ Forum. Their experiences from the field are crucial to strengthen heritage protection and their contributions to improve decision-making procedures help the convention remain a favorable tool to those dealing with heritage on a daily basis.
In addition to the forums, interns at the World Heritage Centre, and with the Advisory Bodies: IUCN, ICOMOS, and ICCROM are also invited to join the event. Master and Ph.D. students of specialized programs on heritage management and conservation from around the world provide a further influx of young blood to the event. These students analyze procedures in the committee as part of their research programmes and work helping the complex logistics behind the grand event run smoothly.
To celebrate young voices involved in #WorldHeritage, we have compiled some statements from students of the Brandenburg University of Technology, who attended the 42nd and 43rd sessions of the World Heritage Committee in Bahrain (2018) and Baku (2019) respectively.
"I got very emotional when 'Budj Bim Cultural Landscape' (Australia) made it on the World Heritage List. The inscription is a positive step after decades of struggles and fights of Indigenous peoples to play an active and primary role in the World Heritage arena. I am looking forward to more moments like this one in the future!"
"As is known, the identification and protection of the world's natural and cultural heritage treasures considered to be of Outstanding Universal Value is the spirit of the World Heritage Convention, and that is what should be the guiding principle to the work of the World Heritage Committee. Here, too, international cooperation must come before individual States' interests."
Emilia Sánchez González
“I felt inspired by the work of the advisory bodies grounding the meaning of heritage protection at the committee. Thanks to their efforts, the mechanism of danger-listing is starting to heal from its bad image and recover its constructive aim in the eyes of the State Parties. At the 42COM (Bahrain) we celebrated the Belize Barrier Reef coming off the list after years of impressive collective efforts, and at the 43COM (Baku) we applauded the decision to include the protected areas of the Gulf of California.”
“In Baku, I had the chance to learn from site managers working on remote islands to urban cities. It was wonderful to see the diverse range of World Heritage Sites and the people who manage and advocate for them! ”
Juan Carlos Barrientos
“The Committee meetings I attended were an opportunity to see what really goes on behind closed doors within this particular community of heritage professionals, politicians and diplomats who seem to all know each other. I discovered that more often than not, diplomatic circumstances are an indispensable element to decision making about ‘World Heritage’ or conservation policy. Even so, the advisory bodies usually put up a good fight! ”
As a network developed by youth and for youth, at ESACH we celebrate every effort to bring young people to the table.
Would you like to share your experience at the World Heritage Committee?
Write us an E-mail to compile a 2nd post featuring more young voices actively engaged with #CulturalHeritage and #WorldHeritage awareness, protection, and management.
Win a chance to get published on ESACH's social media and online publication!
If you are a photography enthusiast or a visual artist, this is your chance to get your work featured in the ESACH activities.
Submit your images here
Deadline: 5 April 2021
Our publication team would invite contributions corresponding to the topics and themes of the ESACH Talks!, which are held once every month. The selected 2D visual representations (such as photographs and drawings) will be featured in the association’s social media, website and publication, to reflect the monthly topics and likewise address the variety of discourses in contemporary cultural heritage studies and practice. The first call covers a wide range of previous ESACH Talks! topics and the participants are free to choose any of the covered themes in relation to their interest. The selected images will be featured in the association’s website and social media channels, to offer a view of the youth engagement with cultural heritage and present new perspectives on the relevant and ongoing related issues.
In the future, your work could also be feature in the ESACH Quarterly - the new international, peer-reviewed magazine of the European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage, that provides an Open Access space for the discussion and publication of grounded university and independently carried research, professional activity and personal engagement into all aspects of cultural heritage.
Topics and description
The participants can choose to submit visuals which correspond to any of the following topics:
For more details on any of the above topics, please visit ESACH Events.
8. The images must be accompanied by a short bio (30-50 words) and a one-two line description of the material submitted in word or .pdf format separate from the image file.
Submit your images here.
The submissions will be reviewed and judged by the ESACH Publication team based on the following criteria:
Deadline for the Submission: 5th April 2021
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Europa Nostra and ESACH officialise partnership and launch the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors Programme with EHT
The new year has brought several fresh and exciting commitments to heritage young professionals across Europe and beyond. On 28 January, Europa Nostra, the European Heritage Tribune and the European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage (ESACH) officially launched the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors Programme.
The evening began with an inspiring introduction by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, who reminded us of the huge progress that has already been achieved to foster the engagement of young people with cultural heritage. She went on to communicate the idea that ‘young people are not the future, they are the present!’, a wonderful sentiment through which to introduce our new young ambassadors. The Secretary General hopes that this new and exciting generation of young people will be able to carry the torch forth and help promote the building of a peaceful and harmonious Europe. This sentiment was continued by Herbert-Jan Hiep of the European Heritage Tribune, who shared with us the common goal of building bridges to help people better understand the world around them, to apprehend our differences but also to realise what binds us together.
At the launch event, the 11 new Ambassadors from 13 different countries were revealed and introduced. The programme is an opportunity to empower youth to share their perspectives and to help promote the green and digital transformations taking place in our society. By giving a voice to the youth of Europe and beyond, the programme seeks to encourage intergenerational exchange and capacity building. Ambassadors are provided with a platform to promote themselves and their professional profiles, a great opportunity to be part of a vast European network. In return, the ambassadors will promote the ethos of all 3 organisations by acting as the voice of young people in their respective countries. Each of the ambassador profiles can be found in greater detail here.
The event was also significant in its official signing of the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ between Europa Nostra and ESACH by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović and ESACH President Marius Müller. The signing signifies a partnership through which Europa Nostra and ESACH agree to support each other to provide heritage students and young professionals with meaningful opportunities, such as the Ambassador Programme. Not only will this partnership assist in the development of a young European movement for heritage, but it will also allow youth across Europe and beyond to build their networks and capacities within the field.
The official agenda for the evening was followed by a ‘digital aperitivo’ during which each of the new Ambassadors could network, discuss their previous experiences and get to know those already involved with each of the organisations. Some ambassadors were lucky enough to be greeted by Uwe Koch, the German coordinator of the European Year of Cultural Heritage! It truly was an exciting evening with a lot of promise for the future of the programme and cultural heritage as a whole. As Europa Nostra’s Secretary General commented when speaking of our new ambassadors, ‘the future of heritage is bright and in good hands’.
Missed the event? A full recording can now be viewed on ESACH’s YouTube Channel.
If you are passionate about cultural heritage and want to be part of a young, active team of volunteers creating a new European movement, look no further! We have the opportunity for three people to join our Coordination Committee.
Please email your CV and a motivation letter indicating your preferred position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions will be filled in on a first-come first-served basis.
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Administration team: point of contact for working groups
The speakers for the January round of the 'ESACH Talks! Museums and Art' have been announced. Congratulations to the selected presenters and a big thank you for all those who submitted their abstracts, we were impressed by the quality of the submissions!
ESACH Talks! will now be followed with breakout room discussions! Participation is optional, but it is easy to join - just stay on the Zoom event at the conclusion of the Talks. The discussions will last for up to 30 minutes and will include an opportunity for participants to network and share ideas, experiences, and questions related to the presentations and topic of the month in smaller groups. We hope to see you there!
Breakout Rooms FAQs
Have you been enjoying the ESACH Talks? Looking for a way to further the discussion, share your own ideas, and network with other participants?
We are excited to announce that ESACH Talks! will now be followed with breakout room discussions!
How do I participate?
It is easy, just stay on the Zoom event at the conclusion of the Talks and you will automatically be assigned to a breakout room of 6-10 participants. Each group will have an ESACH discussion facilitator.
What can I expect from the discussion?
Each group will be unique! However, we will all start with introductions that will serve as a networking opportunity for our community. We want to hear the voices of all participants and will invite you to share experiences related to the presentations and topic of the month. Our facilitators will have guided discussion questions, but we will let the conversation flow with the interest of each group.
What if I don’t have much experience with this month’s topic, can I still join?
Absolutely! These discussions are a great place to raise questions and challenges. We don’t have to have the answers – this is a space to learn and exchange ideas.
What is the format?
Each session will last for a maximum of 30 minutes; you are welcome to stay for the entire time or as long as you are able. There will be introductions, an open floor for sharing ideas, and guided discussion questions. The atmosphere will be informal in contrast to the structured ESACH Talks.
Why should I join?
We want to hear from you! The discussions will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas across cultures and heritage specialties. They will give you an opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others. They will be a great way to meet and build connections with other young people in the cultural heritage field.
Excited to join the discussion at our next event? Let us know your thoughts!
On the 4rth episode of the #FISHpodcast of The Future is Heritage, you can listen to the interview with our vice-president Carlota Marijuan Rodriguez, talking about the challenges young and emerging professionals face in the heritage field. And the work we, at ESACH, are doing to find solutions!
Have a look at this entertaining discussion on social cohesion, accessibility and interpretation in heritage, heritage education, and much more brought to you by Ankie Petersen & Robin Hoeks.
Find the podcast here
The speakers for the December round of the 'ESACH Talks! Heritage for Sustainable Development' have been announced. Congratulations to the selected presenters and a big thank you for all those who submitted their abstracts, we were impressed by the quality of the submissions!