Indigenous cultural heritage is the legacy of tangible physical objects combining the intangible aspects of a group of society. Objects, artefacts, buildings, places and monuments aside, intangible cultural heritage, also known as “living heritage” or “living culture”, refers to living practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, and skills passed down from generation to generation. This heritage provides communities with a sense of identity and is continuously recreated in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history. It is called intangible because its existence and recognition mainly depend on human knowledge and will, which is immaterial, and is transmitted by imitation and living experience.
The 2022 Winter School of the UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage, in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, is dedicated to investigating how ICTs designed to enhance the tourism experience can help in preserving and transmitting living heritage and bring people to work and live closer together, while at the same time promoting forms of tourism (cultural, historic, religious, gastronomy, wine, etc.) that go beyond traditional “sun sea and sand”, and can verifiably serve as a vehicle of cultural diplomacy. Cyprus, with its richness of tangible and intangible heritage, will provide a suggestive background, as well as an ideal place for the event and offer an environment with various case studies.
Lectures and talks, visits to UNESCO WHS and other places, experience of unique local traditions, hands-on exercises, and a range of formal and informal activities will allow participants to understand how to leverage smart digital technologies for sustainable tourism and diplomacy that is able to preserve and transmit living heritage.
A certificate of participation that will include the detailed programme and list of speakers will be issued at the end of the Winter School. ECTS credits are not granted, but academic institutions may recognize ECTS credits upon presentation of this certificate.
Flying to Cyprus during the COVID-19 pandemic:
To facilitate your travel arrangements to Cyprus and ensure the collection of all necessary information required by the Cypriot health authorities, please visit the official government website concerning COVID-19 protocols.
Participating in the Winter School at CUT Premises
Based on the decision of the Senate, participants will only be allowed to physically partake in the 2022 Winter School by presenting either a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or a COVID-19 Recovery Certificate (valid no more than 6 months from the first positive result) officially recognized by the Cypriot government. In addition, participants are encouraged to perform an optional virus detection test (PCR or rapid test) 72 hours before commencement of the Winter School.
By taking part in the 2022 Winter School on Digital Cultural Tourism and Diplomacy, you will have the opportunity to:
• Strengthen your knowledge and skills in the concerned fields through key presentations from high skilled experts.
• Network with professionals, scholars, researchers, stakeholders, and practitioners.
• Work with local tourism and heritage stakeholders.
• Contribute with your talents to the creation of ICT solutions to enhance sustainable tourism at heritage sites and to transmit living heritage traditions.
• Experience Cyprus unique tangible and intangible heritage.
• Challenge yourself in learning and working in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.
Key international professionals from a range of sectors will share with us their experiences and know-how. A full list of speakers will be announced in due course on the Winter School’s official website:
Please, send a complete CV and a one-page motivation letter to: unescochair@usi.ch
by 22 November 2021.
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