May 7: International expert meeting on evidence based heritage policies for inclusive societies

A collaboration between UNESCO & Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology


7 May 2015 09.00-15.00hrs


Van Steenis Building

Registration at: 

Francine van der Kooij


Sophie Primot


Francine van der Kooij

All staff, PhD, (R)MA, and BA students who are interested are most welcome to join in!

On Thursday 7 May, there will be an international expert meeting titled: “Evidence based heritage policies for inclusive societies”. This international expert meeting is part of the eponymous project of the National Commission for UNESCO and its partner, Leiden University. The purpose of the expert meeting is to discuss how (cultural) heritage can be used to promote social cohesion. What are the best and worst practices? Regardless of how much research has been done on this subject, findings are often absent from the political debate. The project will consider three distinct cases, namely the Caribbean, the Balkans and Anatolia, and Western Europe as illustrations.

The National Commission for UNESCO intends to valorize research results in a publication gathering the state of the art expertise over the last 20 to 30 years. Based on this academic input, the project aims to develop concrete policy recommendations, addressing UNESCO as well as Dutch and European policy makers about heritage and its role for inclusive societies. The general recommendations will be drawn up by the experts on the 8th of May.



Registration with coffee and tea



Welcome by Dean Faculty Archaeology Corinne Hofman



Introduction by Golda el Khoury (UNESCO, Section for Public Policies & Capacity Building)


Key note 1 ‘Exploring contrasting perceptions in Greek-Turkish relations: the genesis of a documentary, the reactions of the audience and some lessons learned’


Hercules Millas, Political scientist (PhD)




Coffee and tea break




Keynote 2: ‘What are best and worst practices to deal with disagreement / different conceptions of collective memory within societies? Can there be a diversity of memory that strengthens rather than undermines cohesion? Followed by Q&A


Laurent Licata– Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium








Keynote 3: ‘When focusing on (more or less) formalized institutions that present heritage to the public (museums and festivals): when do these succeed to increase people’s understanding of each other? Followed by Q&A


Roberto Valcárcel Rojas - Leiden University & Departamento Centro Oriental de Arqueología, Cuba


Keynote 4: ‘Who and what are alternative resources for discussing of the past? What is the role of popular & alternative culture, of mass media & internet?’ Followed by Q&A


Ann Rigney – Utrecht University, The Netherlands




End of the expert meeting

The day will be hosted by Professor Erik-Jan Zürcher

Last Modified: 06-05-2015