RICHES second policy seminar

The scope of the seminar is to discuss how the RICHES project (Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society) can provide evidence-based insights to support cultural heritage policymaking in Europe.

In this light, the programme of the seminar will offer to participants the opportunity to challenge institutional points of view with some practical results of the research conducted by RICHES, with particular regard to the following themes:

Community-led developments: food and cultural heritage in the urban age – the role of local food movements.

Economics of culture: fiscal and economic issues in the digital age.

The use of craft skills in new contexts.

Institutional changes: exploring the status of digital heritage mediated by memory institutions.

European identity, belonging and the role for digital cultural heritage: structures for social and territorial cohesion and minority communities.

Two overarching themes will be selected and discussed among the participants in world café type discussion groups with the aim of providing ‘joined-up’ policy recommendations to be used in the definition of the H2020 work programme for 2018-2020. These topical issues will be proposed for discussion either on the basis of the European Parliament resolution "Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe" or on the basis of current societal challenges.

The seminar will start with a pre-event consisting in a networking session of EC Projects, a follow up to the first such session organised on the occasion of the first Policy Seminar in October 2015. The scope of this session is to reflect on how to sustain the organisation of these appointments in the future, after the end of the RICHES project. They represent a good opportunity to reflect on the impact that cultural heritage projects are delivering, identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness of their results, and identify synergies and the potential for collaboration among projects.

Brussels, at KIK-IRPA, 23rd May 2016

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