Engaging local communities in heritage management through Archaeological Ethnography

Engaging Communities in cultural heritage through Festivals: ethnography, exhibition design, and art research

Summer school in Paros, Greece

28 June – 12 July 2020

Community engagement gradually becomes a mainstay in the public programs of heritage institutions worldwide. A variety of methods and good practices have been developed to successfully engage the bewildering variety of communities and publics that such institutions address. Still, the uncritical application of “toolkits” for effective engagement is perhaps not the ethically appropriate way to incorporate cultural difference in the field. In this summer school, we aim to develop a different approach to community engagement, that is based on social and artistic research with community-led initiatives. Research-led practice can lead to exhibition design and collaborative actions that are better suited to the cultural and social particularities of each milieu and each specific group or community and its relation to others. Instead of supplying a ready-made array of techniques, we believe in giving participants the skills and capabilities of developing tools and methods of their own, attuned to the needs and capacities of each particular group they are working with.

Paros is a place rich in archaeological and historical heritage, as well as a popular tourist destination in the heart of the Cyclades island cluster. The intertwined histories of archaeological remains, local practices, industrial exploitation of mineral resources, out-migration and tourism, as well as its cosmopolitan outlook and romanticized landscape, make for an extremely complex background for any heritage initiative. The multiplicity of groups, communities and publics that live and work on the island further complicates this rich picture and poses challenges for researchers and heritage managers.

In this summer school we collaborate with a citizen’s initiative, the Paros Festival, in the town of Parkia. It is an art and heritage festival organized from below, with a remarkable volunteer base and significant impact on the town community. Participants in this summer school will receive intensive training in ethnographic, historical and artistic research, while at the same time contributing to, assisting and documenting the preparations for the festival. At the end of the two-week course, participants will be called to prepare an assessment of the festival and its impact and propose potential future developments.


Field School Objectives

Strategic Learning Outcomes: Students learn how to incorporate ethnography into their research so as to include local views on heritage in the research agenda; they also learn to engage with local communities that need to be activated and often turned from negative to positive stakeholders in the protection of their heritage. HERITΛGE’s highly rated social impact was largely because of this program.



There are no prerequisites. Students should be aware that work will be done mostly outdoors; weather conditions, therefore, will have an impact on work and students should come prepared for any weather conditions, especially hot, dry, and sunny.

The language of instruction is English. Command of the Greek language is an advantage as only 4 places are reserved for non-Greek speakers.


Program Fees and Course Credit

There is a number of tutorial post-graduate half-fellowships available for this field school– fellowships are awarded after acceptance into the program, so please apply early for eligibility. Please contact us for more information

If  you would like to take this course for credit, the suggested credit amount for this program is equivalent to one nine-credit semester / term module, based on contact hours, field work, and course content. We prefer to allow students’ home institutions to calculate credit hours and award credit accordingly. We will support your request for credit by supplying any relevant documentation and or supporting materials.



Students will stay in adequate, clean and basic accommodation in Paros. Rooms are shared and full board meals are catered (including breakfast, sandwich lunch, and dinner – some special dietary needs may be accommodated, please contact us for details).


Project Directors

Dr. Aris Anagnostopoulos, HERITΛGE.Public, a.anagnostopoulos@kent.ac.uk

Dr. Evangelos Kyriakidis, Director, HERITΛGE, director@inherity.org


Field School Instructors:

Dr. Aris Anagnostopoulos, HERITΛGE.Public, a.anagnostopoulos@kent.ac.uk

Dr. Lena Stefanou, HERITΛGE.Public, stefanoueleni@gmail.com


An indicative Syllabus will be uploaded soon.

Application Deadline (for 2020): 1 June, 2020

Please apply for 2020 and visit again for updates!

You may fill out an application form here!

For further information please feel free to write us at info@inherity.org