“Playing and displaying: Practices of Cultural Heritage as Cultural Production”

13 and 14 December 2019, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy

Venue: Campus Bolzano, Bolzano, Piazza Università 1, room C2.06

In line with a constructive critical approach to heritage, the conference aims to develop an interdisciplinary theoretical discussion to look at practices of cultural heritage as practices of cultural production and to investigate how processes of valorisation create new cultural forms by displaying and “playing” with objects, places and performances. “Playing” refers to the many practices, which activate and reactivate relationships between people, things and spaces, entailing conflicts and disputes too.


Program of the conference

Friday, 13th of December. Venue: Bolzano Campus, Piazza Università, 1, Bolzano, room C2.06

9:00-9:15 Greetings and introduction, Platform Team

9:15-9:45 Digital Participation in Cultural Heritage, Chiara Zuanni, University of Graz, Austria

9:45-10:15 Cultural landscape and living heritage in the Vineyard Landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, Elena Settimini, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

10:15-10:45 La Biagiola and the Area del Tufo: a networking project for cultural production, Giulia Sola, University of Bangor, United Kingdom

10:45-11:15 Discussion

11:15-11:35 Coffee Break

11:35-12:05 Emotional Cartographies as an Allegory: Rethinking Mapping Process and Semantics, Nevena Marković, Institute of Heritage Sciences, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

12:05-12:35 Cultural Heritage in Ethnoheterogeneous Societies – Critical Reflections on Becoming a Heritage-Maker, Deborah Sielert, Institute of Sociology, Leibniz Universität, Hannover, Germany

12:35-13:05 The progressive cultural production of Sufi heritage in the making of pluralist narrative in Pakistan, Rafique Wassan, University of Bern, Switzerland

13:05-13:35 Discussion

13:35-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-16:00 Keynote, Unwanted monuments. Berlin Voids and Found Objects, Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper

16:00-16:30 Discussion

Saturday, 14th of December. Venue: Bolzano Campus, Piazza Università, 1, Bolzano, room C2.06

9:00-9:10 Summary, Platform Team

9:10-10:00 A practice turn in Heritage? Opportunities – Horizons – Politics, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

10:00-10:50 Shifting Gaze: The (Im-)Materiality of Knowledge on Display, Regina Bendix, Göttingen University, Germany

10:50-11:10 Coffee Break

11:10-12:00 Place, People and Perception: Cultural Significance as a Social Construction, Leo Schmidt, Cottbus University, Germany

12:00-12:30 Discussion

12:30-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-15:50 Ordinary heritage and participation: fostering heritage as a common, Elizabeth Auclair, Cergy-Pontoise University, France

15:50-16:40 Doing Archaeology. (Public) Participation and Archaeology as Intangible Cultural Heritage, Raimund Karl, Bangor University, United Kingdom

16:40-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-17:50 The Museum as an heritage technique. Some Italian Experiences, Emanuela Rossi, Florence University, Italy

17:50-19:00 Final discussion


The conference is organised by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Waltraud Kofler Engl, and Daniela Salvucci. For further information, please, write to

Books exhibition in the unibz Library

The Platform together with the unibz Library has set a books exhibition up on the topics of cultural heritage and participation showing the texts that have been recently bought to be available for all the Library users.


Many thanks to Alessandra Broccolini, Pietro Clemente, Michael Falser and Fabio Mugnaini for their suggestions and help in organizing this conference.

We would like to thank Elena Grigolato for organizing the books exhibition in the Library.

Many thanks to Giulia Cordin, graphic designer and lecturer of the Faculty of Design and Art, unibz, who kindly designed the postcard of the conference.