December 14 – 16, 2018, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

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The first edition of the International Conference Series on Heritage Management Education and Practice took place in July 2017 with the key theme of ‘Exploring Connections across Disciplines and Stakeholders’. About 60 presentations featured in the conference as well as the plenary sessions explored the possibilities of connections across disciplines and stakeholders. The conference delegates representing 12 countries and diverse disciplines including architecture, conservation, history, cultural studies, museums, crafts, disaster risk management, and so on. The inaugural conference in July 2017 successfully brought together synergies from stakeholders from various disciplines and practice areas, and ushered towards the theme for the second edition, that is to promote integrated approaches across disciplines and beyond the thematic binaries. In the upcoming 2018 conference, we seek to articulate and celebrate integrated approaches in both theories and practices.

In the second edition of this conference in 2018, we would like to explore the gaps in our efforts of connecting disciplines and stakeholders, and suggest ways to bridge these gaps. We call for abstracts reflecting on research, practices, pedagogy, and case studies on the successful stories as well as critical inquiries to highlight ways of integrating diverse aspects of heritage, diverse stakeholders, and bridging the gaps in heritage management practices.

The following are suggested thematic areas for various sessions and papers, but we are also open to welcome any other relevant ideas.


  • Integrating the Natural and the Cultural Heritage.
  • Intersections of Tangible and the Intangible Heritage.
  • Heritage for Development, and Development for Heritage.
  • Partnerships and Participation in Heritage Management.
  • Economics of Heritage, and Heritage for Economic Development.
  • Heritage as Educational Resources, and Education for Heritage Management.
  • Heritage as Tourism Destinations, and Tourism as vehicle for Heritage Management.
  • Bringing Museums to the Communities, and Museums for the Communities.
  • Global Heritage Discourses, and Local Heritage Practices, and
  • Special Thematic Session coordinated by the Living Waters Museum Initiative: Water and Living Heritage or Living Waters Museum (see the link to the LWM page:

Abstracts of 500 – 700 words are invited from anyone interested from around the world for a paper/oral presentation or a poster presentation. Abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be recommended for poster presentation as well.

The abstracts must have the following information reflected clearly for the reviewers to evaluate:

  • Nature of work, i.e. research, actual ongoing project, a class project or paper, a theoretical framework development, literature review based paper, or a completed project report, and so on; and the nature of author’s involvement.
  • Key problem or issue addressed or being addressed,
  • Methodology brief, and
  • Expected conclusion or achieved results.

The abstracts will be blind-peer-reviewed on the above parameters, by the scientific committee. Accepted abstracts may be invited for a 15-20 minutes oral presentation session, or for a poster session. Authors of accepted abstracts may opt to submit a full paper to be considered for publication in the Journal of Heritage Management. Details about full paper submission will be shared to authors of selected abstracts at the time of notification of abstract review process.

Session Formats:

  • Presentations: Selected abstracts will be invited for 15-20 minutes long presentations at suitable sessions of the conference. In addition to in-person presentations, we are also considering to have provision of virtual (off-site) presentations for presenters who may not be able to join the conference in-person.
  • Posters: Some abstracts may be selected for poster presentations, in which case the presenters will be asked to have a poster on display which can be used to explain the paper/project to the audience. There will be a dedicated poster session in an exhibition format where the presenters will be explaining the paper/project to the visiting audience. The poster session room may be open for an extended period of time.
  • Expo: Along with the regular conference presentation sessions, we also plan to have an Expo to feature ‘best practices in integrated heritage management’. This is an opportunity for the organizations and institutions which are working in various sectors of heritage but through an integrated approach, to set up a stall to disseminate their approach and achievements.


Call for Abstracts announcement: February 1, 2018

Last date to submit abstracts: May 15, 2018

Notification of abstracts selection results: June 30, 2018

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  Early Bird Rate (by August 15, 2018) Regular Rate (November 15, 2018) Late Registration (December 5, 2018)
Non-Students (Professionals/Academic/Institutional) Indian Rs. 4750 Rs. 9450 Rs. 14,200
Students Indian Rs. 2000 Rs. 4000 Rs. 6000
Professionals South Asia USD 89 USD 177 USD 236
Students South Asia USD 50 USD 100 USD 150
Professionals (Other Countries) USD 177 USD 354 USD 472
Students (Other Countries) USD 100 USD 200 USD 300

Above Registration fees is inclusive of applicable taxes based on the prevalent rule from the Government of India, at the time of registration. (Taxes not applicable on Student category).

Registration Rates includes lunches, tea breaks, conference kit and conference reception


Conference Chair:

Dr. Neel Kamal Chapagain, Director, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University

Members of the Scientific Committee

  1. Dr. Abrar Ali Saiyed
    Assistant Professor, Ahmedabad University
  2. Ms. Amanda Rajapakse
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  3. Ms. Aparna Tandon
    Project Manager, Programme lead: First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis & Sound and Image Collections Conservation; ICCROM, ICOMOS-India, ICORP, ICOM
  4. Mr. Carsten Hermann
    Dipl.-Ing. Architect CAABC RIAS, Historic Environment Scotland
  5. Dr. Eric Babar Zerrudo
    Director and Associate Professor, Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
  6. Mr. Han Pilwon
    Secretary-general, ICOMOS Korea
  7. Mr. Indera Syahrul Mat Radzuan
    Senior Lecturer, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Malaysia
  8. Dr. Ioannis Poulios
    Hellenic Open University, Greece
  9. Dr. Kishan Datta Bhatta
    Associate Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Far Western University, Nepal
  10. DR. Laretna T. Adishakti
    Coordinator and Lecturer, Center for Heritage Conservation, Department of Architecture & Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; Presidium, Indonesian Heritage Trust
  11. Dr. Michael J. Kimball
    Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, USA
  12. Dr Mita Suthar
    Assistant Professor, Ahmedabad University
  13. Mr. Navin Piplani
    Principal Director, INTACH Heritage Academy
  14. Mr. Niraj Kakati
    Technical Officer, UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India
  15. Dr. Plácido González Martínez
    Associate Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  16. Dr. Pedro Pombo
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  17. Ms. Poulomi Das
    Consultant, Museums & Heritage Spaces
  18. Dr. Rohit Jigyasu
    Visiting Faculty, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University, President, ICOMOS India, Vice-President, ICOMOS International
  19. Dr. Sharif Shams Imon
    Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator (Heritage Management and Tourism), Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao
  20. Dr. Sonali Ghosh, IFS
    Director, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (Government of India), New Delhi.
  21. Dr. Takeyuki OKUBO
    Professor & Director Affiliation: Ritsumeikan University & Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage
  22. Ms. Tara Sharma
    Director, Jungwa Foundation, India
  23. Professor Vassilis GANIATSAS
    School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA),
    Member of Advisory Council and faculty: MA Heritage Management (Univ of Kent/UK – AUEB/GR), Member of Scientific Committee: THE HERITAGE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION
  24. Dr. Yaaminey Mubayi
    Historian and Development Specialist, Visiting Faculty, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
  • Papers & Presentations Coordinator: Dr. Shahul Ameen
  • Posters Session Coordinator: Mr. Piyush Pandya
  • Expo Coordinator: Mr. Vijay Ramchandani
  • Water and Living Heritage Thematic Coordinator: Dr. Sara Ahmed
  • Conference Outreach Coordinator: Ms. Sonal Mishra
  • Conference Logistics Coordinator: Ms. Phalguni Shah

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