Interpret Europe Conference 2018:
Heritage and Identity

23-26 March 2018
Kőszeg, Hungary

Our Interpret Europe Conference 2018 will take place from 23 to 26 March in Kőszeg (Hungary). It will be organised by the Hungarian Association of Cultural Heritage Managers (KÖME).

Our aim is to link this conference to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and we chose 'Heritage and Identity' as our theme. The question of identity is key when it comes to one's feelings towards Europe in all its diversity and one's relationship with single nation states, regions and local communities.

One European region where identities most intermingle is the Austro-Hungarian border area. We therefore intend to run the conference as a border-crossing event, starting our pre-conference tour at Vienna from where we will travel into Hungary.

Kőszeg itself was a free royal town in medieval times and its castle became famous for its insolent resistance in slowing down a huge Ottoman campaign against Vienna. This castle, with its large Knight's Hall, will be our central venue. Besides this, we will seek to bring alive the surrounding historic centre where there is almost no traffic and all sites are in comfortable walking distance.

Study visits around Kőszeg will lead to places where we will taste local varieties of vine and the famous Hungarian cuisine, and they will also include sites within the border-crossing Fertő / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Destinations will be as different as Esterháza, the 'Hungarian Versailles', which belonged to one of the most famous landowner families of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or the Pan-European Picnic Park where the Iron Curtain was first lifted in 1989.

The European Green Belt along the former borderline between East and West is famous for its stunning natural heritage, especially the Fertő-Hanság and Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Parks which are important resting places for migratory birds. We like to include a range of partners from the natural heritage field and also review how nature influences identity.

Make sure you save 23-26 March 2018 for our next conference. The Call for Papers will be sent in September 2017.

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