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Three key questions on culture/cultural heritage and climate change

an international roundtable: six experts & three questions

17 January 2022 ore 15:00 - 18:00


Online on our e-learning platform fad.fondazionescuolapatrimonio.it


An international round table to discuss different approaches and perspectives on the relationship between climate change and culture/cultural heritage: a thorny as much as a relevant topic, at a crossroad of different fields of research.

Six keynote speakers from diverse disciplines and geographical areas – all of them leading actors involved in the discourse of climate change and culture/cultural Heritage – are invited to answer the same three key questions about different aspects of this topic and to debate the best strategy to talk about climate change and spread awareness on the effects of climate change on cultural heritage. Answers might start an interesting dialogue between different professional views and different disciplines.

  1. Individual or collective responsibility?

Is it more effective a communication focused on the individual responsibility or one insisting on the role of collective agency? Which approach is to be preferred?
A strong polarization exists on these perspectives: to what extent is useful to stress individual responsibility? On the other side, framing climate change in a collective perspective can lessen the call to individual action?

  1. Data or imaginaries? Cognitive or affective sphere? 

Most awareness-raising activities on climate change have been entrusted to statistical data that can only be processed by our cognitive sphere. In order to change behaviors, it could, however, be necessary to involve the emotional sphere. What role can culture have in this respect and how can it contribute to building imagery of possible futures in a world touched by climate change?

  1. Any alternatives to the “Loss & Damage”?

‘The Future of Our Pasts: Engaging Cultural Heritage in Climate Action’ published by ICOMOS in 2019 identifies “Loss & Damage” as one of the four categories in Climate Action. This category embraces actions to be undertaken when mitigation or adaptation to climate change is no longer possible. In this perspective, society should be ready to envisage that not all cultural heritage can be saved or can be maintained in the best conditions. Can we accept this perspective, considering that this could lead to a loss of traditional techniques and positive mitigation practices?


Programme

Institutional greetings

Marcello Minuti • Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali, Coordinatore generale

Paolo Verdone • Ministero della cultura, Segretariato Generale, Dirigente Servizio III Relazioni internazionali

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović • Europa Nostra, Secretary-general

The Urban Agenda for the EU Culture/Cultural Heritage partnership

Giuliana De Francesco • Ministero della cultura, Segretariato Generale

Round table

Alessandra Bonazza • CNR Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e del Clima

Stefano Della Torre • Politecnico di Milano, DABC Dipartimento di Architettura, ingegneria delle costruzioni e ambiente costruito

Rodney Harrison • UCL University College London, Institute of Archaeology

Toon Maassen • Cafè De Ceuvel, Amsterdam

Marco Scotini • FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea; NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Alison Tickell • Julie’s Bicycle

Closing remarks

Paolo Vitti  • Europa Nostra; University of Notre Dame

Open debate

Chairperson Francesca Neri, Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali


This appointment is part of Urban Agenda, in which the Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali supports the Italian Ministry of culture with a focus on climate change and cultural heritage in the urban landscape.


The event will be held in English, with a simultaneous translation into Italian. Participants may ask questions to the speakers, through the e-learning platform.


The roundtable is broadcasted on the e-learning platform of the Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali fad.fondazionescuolapatrimonio.it.
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