Engaging Communities

Engaging Communities in Cultural Heritage


17-30 June 2024

Paros, Greece
(in person and online)

Application Deadline:
28 March 2024




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

Guest Lecturers

Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis
fsa, Senior Lecturer in Aegean Prehistory, University of Kent, Canterbury, HERITΛGE Director


Vicky Papadimitriou
Managing Director at Symvoli, Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece and Theophano Foundation

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 hybrid 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 course is two weeks, with five three-hour meetings in total, and enough time to complete assignments in between.

Fieldwork will take place on the island of Paros, in Greece.

For details on the themes taught and application procedures, see the official announcement of the workshop here.

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