The second edition of our international conference series was successfully held on 14 to 16 December 2018 at the GICT building of Ahmedabad University Central Campus. Building upon the inaugural edition’s theme on ‘exploring connections across disciplines and stakeholders’, the second edition focused on developing integrated approaches and sharing best practices as well. The inaugural session of the conference was anchored by Mr Vijay Ramchandani, Senior Executive for academics and research at Centre for Heritage Management (CHM) and overall coordinator of the conference. Dr Neel Kamal Chapagain, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Heritage Management welcomed the delegates and introduced the context as well as the overall agenda of the conference. Professor Bibek Banerjee, Senior Dean of Strategic Planning and New Initiatives at Ahmedabad University offered an inaugural address. The second edition was graced by the presence of keynote speaker Dr Webber Ndoro, Director General of ICCROM – the International Centre for Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. Dr Ndoro shared perspectives on heritage management from Africa while emphasizing on the diversity across various countries and communities in Africa. Drawing upon his experience of working in various roles, he emphasized the need for holistic heritage management educational opportunities. He also highlighted ICCROM’s interest in working with universities across different regions to cater towards the vast need of capacity building on heritage management globally. Following a presentation of memento to the keynote speaker by Professor Bibek Banerjee, Dr Shahul Ameen offered a vote of thanks.

Dr Weber Ndoro, Director General, ICCROM delivering the keynote speech at the conference

The plenary session sponsored by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) set the tone of the best practices expo featuring AKTC’s Historic Cities Programme. The panel began by an overview of AKTC’s historic cities programme by Professor Yudhishthir Raj Isar, the education director at AKTC. The second presentation by Dr Ashraf Botros, former head of AKTC projects in Egypt, brought forward the lessons from the Cairo experience, followed by a commentary by Professor Ashoke Chatterjee, advisor to CHM and former director of National Institute of Design. The panel was anchored by Mr Piyush Pandya, project manager at CHM.

Professor Ndoro, Professor Chapagain, Professor Ahmed along with panelists of a special session on Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme

Participants at AKHCP Exhibition

The post-lunch parallel sessions featured selected presentations on the themes of integrating ‘heritage and development’, ‘heritage and education’, ‘tangible and intangible heritage’, and ‘natural and cultural heritage’. The first day ended with a welcome reception.

Presenters with Session Chair of session on ‘heritage and education’

Presenters and session chair of session ‘tangible and intangible heritage’.

Participants, session chair and keynote speaker Professor Ndoro after the session on ‘heritage and development’.

Mr Kakati during the session on ‘natural and cultural heritage’.

Day 2 began with a plenary session featuring Ms Sushma Iyengar, a social activist and educator based in Kutch. Ms Iyengar elaborated how heritage can be understood from the ground perspective where there is no separation of natural heritage and cultural heritage, and how such a holistic understanding may be used towards sustainable community development. The anchor for the second day’s plenary session was Dr Shahul Ameen, senior lecturer and assistant editor of the Journal of Heritage Management. The plenary session as followed by parallel sessions on ‘community participation and partnerships’, ‘fluid heritage’, theses presentations by the recent graduates of Masters in Heritage Management at Ahmedabad University, and poster presentations.

Ms Sushma Iyengar, a social activist and educator based in Kutch during her session on ‘Nature-Culture Linkages and Community Initiatives’.

 Participants and session chair after the poster presentations.

Participants and session chair after the poster presentations-2.

Presenters and session chair after the session on ”Integrating Tangible and Intangible.

Participants and session chair after the session on ‘Community Participation and Partnerships’.

Recent graduates of Masters in Heritage Management at Ahmedabad University and Session chair after their theses presentations.

Session chair and presenters after the session on ‘Fluid Heritage’

Day 3 had a few plenary sessions that were open for wider public discussion. The day began with a special plenary session on heritage management education in collaboration with UNESCO Bangkok in which Dr Neel Kamal Chapagain, Director of Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University shared a draft competency framework for cultural heritage management, an outcome of an initiative undertaken by UNESCO Bangkok office since last one year involving universities in Asia Pacific region offering programmes on heritage management as well as few site managers and institutions. The draft framework was then critiqued by panelists Dr Amareswar Galla, director of the Inclusive Museum; Dr Ioannis Poulios, a heritage management expert and academic from Greece, and Dr Jigna Desai, coordinator of conservation studies at CEPT University. 
Following the morning plenary session, parallel technical sessions featured presentations on the themes of ‘local and global discourses’ ‘heritage and economics’, and ‘museums management’.

Panelists during the special plenary session on ‘Heritage Management Education in collaboration with UNESCO Bangkok’.

Presenters and session chair after the session on ‘Museums Management’

Session chair and one of the presenters during the session on ‘Local-global Discourses’

Presenter and session chair during the session on ‘Heritage and Economics’

Post lunch plenary sessions included a special session on managing world heritage of Ahmedabad, in collaboration with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and ICOMOS India. The session started with a presentation by Mr Ashish Trambadia, director of the newly formed Ahmedabad World Heritage Trust, followed by remarks by panelists – Dr. Neel Kamal Chapagain, Mr. P.K. Ghosh, Chairman, Heritage Conservation Committee for AMC, Mr P.K.V. Nair, Deputy General Manager of heritage department at AMC, Dr Jigna Desai, CEPT University and Ms Poonam Trambadia representing ICOMOS India.

Panelists during Special Session on ‘Managing World Heritage of Ahmedabad’ in collaboration with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and ICOMOS India

Concluding session featured reports by session chairs of various technical sessions and a valedictory address by Professor Devanath Tirupati, Dean, Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University.

Panelists during the concluding-session

Following the concluding session, the students of Masters in Heritage Management offered a cultural programme featuring Tabla player Sukrit Sen – a first-year student, and Kathak artist Kritika Raghuvanshi – a second-year student. The conference concluded with a farewell high tea and informal interaction among the delegates and guests.

Students of Master of Heritage Management during their performances after the conclusion of the Conference.

Glimpses from the 1st edition of the International Conference, 28-31 July 2017