Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals

International LDE-Heritage conference
26-28 November 2019, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Heritage - natural and cultural, material and immaterial -  plays a key role towards in the development of sustainable cities and communities. Goal 11, target 4, of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) emphasizes the relation between heritage and sustainability. The conference inquires into the theories, methodologies and practices of heritage and SDG. It asks: How is heritage produced and defined? By who and in what contexts? What are understandings of sustainability, and how are these situational and contextual? How can theoretical findings on heritage and SDGs engage with heritage practice? 

The conference builds upon the multidisciplinary expertise of academics in the humanities, social sciences and spatial sciences, notably the interdisciplinary cross-over research program Design & History@TUDelft, the active collaboration in the Heritage and Identity section of the LDE-Center for Global Heritage and Development (CGHD), heritage related research conducted at Leiden University, as well as by other associated partners in the consortium. 

The Design & History@TUDelft research program brings together different departments and disciplines: architecture, urbanism, history, landscape architecture, real estate and management and engineering. Design & History@TUDelft aims to further understanding on the role of history and heritage in the transformation of cities, and consequently using the past to enable buildings, cities and landscapes to develop more sustainable, resource efficient, resilient, safe and inclusive. Researchers from Leiden University approach heritage from a broad variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as archaeology, museum studies, cultural anthropology and area studies. Leiden heritage research explores processes of heritage making, and the appreciation and valuation of material and immaterial heritages, to arrive at new insights towards the cultural constitution of societies. Creating, acknowledging and contesting heritage tends to be politically sensitive, as it involves assertions and redefinitions of memory and identity.

This conference creates a setting for academics and heritage-practitioners to explore these questions from distinct angles. We aim to bring academics and practi-tioners into conversation to further their understanding of and impact on heritage conservation, and to increase their impact towards the sustainable development of cities and communities. 

Themes

An overview of possible conference themes is below.

  • Time: Evolution and Dynamics
  • Roles: Tasks and Influences of Stakeholders
  • Disciplines: Capacities and Limitations
  • Place: Local reality vs Global ambitions
  • Heritage and Well-being
  • Heritage, Production and Consumption
  • Heritage and the Natural Resource Bases
  • Heritage, Governance Institutions and Means of Implementation
  • Heritage, SDGs and the next generation