The University of Salento is hosting online, on 27th and 28th May 2021 the thematic conference “Heritage Geographies: politics, uses and governance of the past”. Registration and attendance is free (see details below).

The initiative is promoted by the International Geographical Union (promoting commissions: “Political Geography” ,”Cultural Approaches to Geography”, “History of Geography”, “Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change”, “Toponymy”, “Geography of Governance”) and will be chaired by Elena dell’Agnese, University of Milano-Bicocca and vice-president of the IGU, and Fabio Pollice, Rector of the University of Salento.

The conference will be opened by the President of IGU, Michael Meadows, and the plenary session will host a keynote speech by Tovi Fenster (Tel Aviv University), entitled “Home, Heritage and Possession in Israel-Palestine”. After the plenary session, about a hundred geographers from all over the world will discuss the theme of heritage, presenting their research and contributions in a huge variety of thematic sessions: from the patrimonialisation of rural and coastal landscapes to the relationship between cultural heritage and tourism, from territorial narratives and identity dynamics to governance issues.

Finally, special attention will be devoted to gender issues in Social Sciences, with the special thematic session promoted by WISER: Women in Social Sciences for Equity in Research, scheduled for the afternoon of 28th May.

Please find the program at: