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Workshop on Heritage and Democratisation

Information about the Workshop 2: Democratisation

Although heritage is often perceived as a domain of experts, it is in reality, like landscape, key to the daily lives of all citizens. Increasingly, as in nearly all sectors of society, citizens demand a voice in the definition and management of heritage, and in the development of planning alternatives and design solutions. Government agencies, heritage professionals and spatial planners are reaching out to the public, aiming to increase inclusiveness and co-creation, and heritage tourism and recreation is accessible to larger sections of society than ever. In this workshop we will discuss and compare concepts, tools and procedures for democratization in the definition, management and planning of heritage.

Heriland ESRs of the Work Package on Democratisation

Work Package Leader

Workshop Structure

Round 1: 

  • Welcome and Introduction (15 min):The main host begins with a warm welcome and an introduction to the World Café process, setting the context, sharing the Café Etiquette, and putting participants at ease.

Round 2

  • Small-Group Rounds (1:10 min, 30+10+30):The process begins with the first of two thirty-minute rounds of conversation for small groups of people seated around a table. Participants will be able to choose two tables out of the four to join. At the end of the first thirty minutes, there is a small break. After, each member of the group moves to a different new table. The “table hosts” welcome the next group and briefly fill them in on what happened in the previous round. Each table is prefaced with the research question/method/tools/sources of each table host (Nan, Alana, Tina, MJ) and reflects on the contribution of this research to Democratizing research in practice. Participants will share their experiences with similar or different methods/tools/sources, and the two rounds create an overview of perspectives on how different methods can complement/contradict results on the same research question. Experiences and lessons are expected to be shared.

Round 3

  • Harvest (0:60 min, 15×4):After the two rounds, the four groups (table hosts and individuals) are invited to share insights or other results from their conversations with the rest of the large group. These results are reflected visually in a variety of ways, most often using graphic recording in the front of the room. Other participants can comment/ask 1-2 questions per group.

Round 4

  • End (5 minutes) The main host ends with a warm goodbye.