International Conference 2013
Sharing our natural and cultural heritage:
interpretation can make us citizens of the world
Saturday 15 to Tuesday 18 June 2013
at Sigtuna, Sweden
Heritage interpretation and Citizenship
Our conference theme has been inspired by the European Year of Citizens 2013, but we widened the scope to consider citizenship at all levels from the community to the wider world. We explored the ways in which interpretation of cultural and natural heritage can develop a shared sense of belonging, of ownership, of responsibility and of mutual understanding.
We debated how skilled interpretation of a place or site – natural or cultural – can reinforce civic values and encourage engagement by local people as well as by visitors from further away. How can interpretation help people to broaden awareness of their own and of other communities? How can interpreters promote more inclusive approaches and foster understanding of different (and even ‘conflicting’) heritage and cultures? We took advantage of discussing these questions among interpreters with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Have a look...
We are very grateful that our Swedish partners from SCNI recorded ten of the lectures.
They can be viewed here.