It is the closing conference of the Project HEURIGHT, hosted by the Italian team chaired by Prof. Francesca Fiorentini, Department IUSLIT.
This research project endeavours to map how the evolving notion of Cultural Heritage affects the forms of protection, access to, and governance of heritage, within the institutional, operational and legal structures of the EU. In particular, it deals with the complex organisational and regulatory frameworks concerned with Cultural Heritage, trade and human rights in place in the EU and its Members States, as well as their interaction, cross-fertilisation, and possible overlaps. Hence, the project seeks, on the one hand, to explore and substantiate the role of Cultural Heritage for the regional European integration and, on the other, to explain and debate the uniqueness of the EU model of Cultural Heritage governance vis-à-vis global efforts aiming to respect and safeguard Cultural Heritage and diversity around the world as global commons.
In this context, the main objective of the conference is, from the one side, to debate the interim outcomes of the HEURIGHT research. On the other side, it will gather contributions addressing some of the major challenges Cultural Heritage governance is facing within the EU and in the global arena, like endangered Cultural Heritage and the illicit trafficking of cultural objects, digital access to Cultural Heritage, the European label initiative, or operational aspects like the regional and structural funds the EU devotes to Cultural Heritage projects. In this regard, the conference seeks to substantiate the axiological, political and societal considerations driving the EU’s involvement in Cultural Heritage, regionally and globally.