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Notice of Heritage Alliance of the New Silk Road Roundtable

Heritage at Risk: Connecting the Tangible and Intangible


You are warmly invited to the third workshop of the Heritage Alliance of the New Silk Road (HANSR), 16-20 November  2020, hosted online by Nazarbayev University.

This workshop, Heritage at Risk: Connecting the Tangible and the Intangible, will explore the dangers facing heritage resources in the Silk Road Region, best practices for mitigating those dangers, and opportunities to leverage heritage assets for sustainable development. Building on previous HANSR events, this will also be an opportunity to develop a network of scholars, professionals, and students with a common interest in preserving the unique cultural resources of the Silk Road Region.

The rapid economic development of Central Asia is bringing global interest and presenting new possibilities for scholarly collaboration and heritage tourism, but it also presents great risks. Cultural resources are faced with destruction in the wake of infrastructure development and increasing value in the antiquities market. Meanwhile, the accompanying forces of globalization will mean accelerated changes to traditional lifeways including in the most rural areas.

This event will examine the current state of heritage scholarship in the region and global experiences in mitigating the impact of development. Forward looking discussions will consider possible approaches to minimizing the negative impacts, maximizing opportunities for scholarly collaboration, and carving out new niches for sustainably managing a heritage economy.

Speakers will be invited from leading scholars of the region, international leaders in heritage management, and local practitioners.  A special event will be held to engage student voices and give them the opportunity to discuss their work with leading scholars.  Participants from around the world will be invited to observe and to take part in live question and answer sessions.

The workshop will be conducted through the Zoom platform with daily sessions of three hours each, starting from 17:00 Nur-Sultan time (GMT + 6) following the schedule below.

  • November 16: Creating Connections: Current Heritage Scholarship in the Silk Road Region

  • November 17: Protecting Resources at Risk: Global Practices in Heritage Management

  • November 18: Looking Ahead: The Future of Heritage Management in the Silk Road Region

  • November 19: Student Presentation and Competition

To register for the roundtable, please fill in the Google Registration Form by November 9. If you are not able to access this form, please email us at HANSR@nu.edu.kz  Please encourage colleagues to attend. There is no registration fee.

If you have any questions, please contact us at HANSR@nu.edu.kz or visit our website www.HANSR.nu.edu.kz  


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