Engaging Communities in Cultural Heritage
18-30 June 2023
Online Training Program
2 April 2023
Vacancies for this Summer Field School Program are limited, so please apply early.
Course Directors & Instructors
Dr Aris Anagnostopoulos
Honorary Lecturer University of Kent, HERITΛGE Public Director
Dr Lena Stefanou
Cultural Organizations Management MSc, Hellenic Open University, HERITΛGE Public Officer
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 online program, 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. This course draws from our long experience with community engagement through heritage and will discuss several examples from our own and other work.
The duration of the online course is two weeks, with five three-hour meetings in total, and enough time to complete assignments in between online meetings.
For details on the themes taught and application procedures, see the official announcement of the workshop here.