Responding to the Challenge of Global Climate Change through
Public Engagement and Social Innovation

This three-day colloquium will focus on the immediate and obvious significance of the impacts of global climate change to the Low Countries, namely rising sea levels and increased river flooding. Papers presented will provide comparative experiences from diverse nations in all the world's regions that are subject to these threats as they impact cultural heritage. It is understood that cultural heritage here refers not simply to monumental sites or cultural landscapes, but also to the intangible heritage that is so much at risk.

We are seeking innovative contributions from heritage administrators, archaeologists, historians, cultural economists, educators, cultural policy specialists and practitioners under the following four topics:

1. Actual Site Impacts and Predictions due to Global Climate Change

2. Attitudes and Responses from heritage organizations towards Global Climate Change

3. Climate Change, Cultural Tourism, and Development

4. Widening Public Engagement and Forging Organizational Alliances

Abstracts for poster presentations, short papers (10 min.) and research papers (20 min.) on these themes will be accepted until 15 January 2009. They should be a maximum of 300 words, in English, sent either by fax to +32-55-303-519 or by email to Willem Derde at Authors should include full contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax and e-mail address).

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 February 2009.

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