Program Updates, Current Research, and Past Events

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Heritage Studies student awarded the BTU scholarship for PhD students who are active in establishing international cooperation within their Chair/Department (DAAD STIBET funding)

Ms. Valentina Torelli, Chair of Environmental Planning, is writing her dissertation on “Understanding Dissonance: The Agrarian Historic Landscape of the Palladian Villa as World Heritage”.

She has been awarded for her exceptional engagement in building cooperation with her home university, the University of Ferrara (Italy) in the area of cultural landscapes and the management of cultural heritage with the aim to organize joint summer schools, also involving other European partners, and working towards cooperation with the PhD Programme in Heritage Studies. Her supervisor, Prof. Michael Schmidt, stresses the high quality of her research and her commitment in teaching.

Guest Lecture by Hilary Braysmith, Ph.D., University of Southern Indiana (USI)

The professor of Art History University of Southern Indiana (USI) in Evansville, Indiana, held a lecture on Heritage preservation, Heritage recovery and Heritage production - New opportunities for the practice of Heritage studies and the fields of urban planning, art history, and architecture to students and staff at the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning within the lecture series “derdiedas”.. Prof. Braysmith was invited on behalf of the PhD Programme Heritage Studies and the Chair of Art Hisorty at BTU Cottbus – Senftenberg.

Chair of Intercultural Studies continues to hold the UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies

In May 2018, UNESCO prolonged the Chair in Heritage Studies at BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg affiliated to the Chair of Intercultural Studies with its new chair holder Prof. Anna Amelina.

Interview: As a guest researcher in the PhD Programme Heritage Studies

Amilcar Vargas has been part of the PhD Programme Heritage Studies as a guest researcher for four months at the Chair of Environmental Planning with Prof. Michael Schmidt in 2017/18.

PhD candidate in Heritage Studies wins Best Paper Awards in European Conferences on Heritage

Marlen Meissner writes her dissertation supervised by Marie-Theres Albert and Christoph Wulf (FU Berlin) on the valorisation of intangible cultural heritage within the PhD Programme Heritage Studies.

International Symposium "The Four Pillars of Sustainability for the Implementation of the UNESCO Conventions to Protect Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as Natural Heritage", 29 June - 5 July 2015, Bonn

On the occasion of the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee from 28 June until 8 July 2015 in Bonn, Germany, the UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies will stage the Symposium: “The Four Pillars of Sustainability for the Implementation of the UNESCO Conventions to Protect Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as Natural Heritage”. The goal of this event is to discuss developments in the sustainable use and protection of heritage with delegations and participants taking part in the Session and to conceptualise contributions for a publication with the title: “Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies and Beyond”, which follows the recent publication on heritage and sustainability “Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies”.

Symposium "Implementation of the Global Strategy in Germany", 5-6 June 2015, Leipzig

The UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies organises in cooperation with the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (Kultusministerkonferenz), the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag), the Kulturstiftung der Länder, and the German Commission for UNESCO a symposium that focuses on the implementation of UNESCO's Global Strategy in Germany.