The Significance of World Heritage: Origins, Management, Consequences is to be the first international conference arranged by The World Heritages: Global Discourses and Local Implementations WHILD.

Founded in 2003 and situated at Dalarna University, Sweden, "The World Heritage: Global Discourse and Local Implementation", WHILD, started as a research environment, above all in the humanities and social sciences, based on the Falun World Heritage site. It brings together scholars, researchers and administrators in the multidisciplinary field of "Worlds of the World Heritage".

The conference from 8 to 10 December 2010 is open to participants from all scientific fields and organisations. We welcome papers that discuss World Heritage as constructed phenomena as well as results of globalisation.

Paper topics may include, but must not be limited to, the following:

  • What happens to places and objects at a local scale once they are appointed World Heritage, considering for example the global aspects of the appointments and the tension between homogeneity and multiplicity?
  • How World Heritage sites are interpreted in terms of for example time and space, history, aesthetics, and change versus stability and 'genuine' versus 'false'?
  • What changes in the landscape do World Heritage sites cause?
  • How do local people relate to the World Heritage which they inhabit?
  • How is the World Heritage represented in the media and why?
  • Who promote sites and why?
  • What expectations guide nominees of World Heritage?

Please submit all proposals no later than April 15, 2010 to

For the conference organizers