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Crises, challenges, innovations 2022 : Crises, challenges, innovations An international interdisciplinary conference organised by CRINI and the department of Applied Foreign Languages and International Business at the U


When Jun 22, 2022 - Jun 24, 2022
Where Université de Nantes
Submission Deadline Jan 15, 2022
Notification Due Feb 15, 2022
Final Version Due Mar 30, 2022
Categories    comparative   interdisciplinary   french   science

Call For Papers

22-24 June 2022
Identities and processes of patrimonialisation
Conference tracks 22-24 June 2022

The various crises (health, climate, financial, economic, migratory, etc.) that societies across the globe have faced in recent years, or even decades, have forced us to address challenges relating to identity and cultural heritage. The crises have become "stationary", to use the phrase of the German philosopher Joseph Vogl1. They impact the social cohesion of our modern European societies and reinforce fiscal disparities and economic inequality in a context of rising national populism and prioritisation of national interests.
The question of regional, national and transnational identities notably resurfaced during the Covid-19 crisis when border controls were strengthened within the Schengen area following the classification of high risk areas due to increased circulation of the coronavirus. In April 2020, for example, several (cross-border) French people were confronted with anti-French incidents in Saarland – a German border region less affected by Covid-19 than Moselle in France at that time. This particular incident, chosen among many other possible examples, clearly reveals the evaluative aspect as well as the idea of dispute to which the Greek word (krino) (to oppose, to screen, to judge, to arbitrate) refers – and from which the concept of 'crisis' is directly derived. Closely linked to the question of identity is that of cultural heritage (transnational, regional), which is supposed to preserve and contain the collective
memory and forms of expression of our ancestors. Cultural heritage, which is the focus of our attention here, represents in this sense the uniqueness and identity of groups and communities. Clearly, it is strongly involved in the process of identity creation. Times of crisis are particularly conducive to the emergence of processes of selection, screening, evaluation ((krino)) and reappraisal of cultural heritage, which in turn have an impact on identity dynamics often with serious consequences. This obviously concerns intangible (immaterial) cultural heritage (social practices, festive or ritual events, etc.), which, as we have seen, has been impacted by the current health crisis. But this is also true for tangible (material) cultural heritage (monuments, urban spaces, etc.) which, as a result of wars, border displacements or population shifts, often needs to be recontextualised and potentially reassessed.
If we consider that cultural heritage serves as a reaffirmation of self conceptions, an
expression of individual identity and promotes social cohesion, this research workshop is particularly interested in identities and the processes of patrimonialisation. It will focus on cross-border and transnational contexts, transformations of heritage over time (traces), peripheral territories, shared heritage and dissonant heritage.
Contributions focusing on regions and situations in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern
European countries will be of particular interest. A number of different areas can be
explored: monumental heritage, the domestic sphere, landscapes, rural societies... The
heritage artefacts studied may be tangible/material (objects, goods, museums, cities,
architectures, libraries, monuments, etc.) or intangible/immaterial (rituals, craftsmanship, social practices, etc.). Different theoretical and methodical approaches may also be used to study the links between 'heritage' and 'identities', focusing on one of the following themes:
- Transnational cultural heritage, communities and circulation spaces;
- Inclusions or exclusions of expressions of identity in cultural heritage in light of
developments or changes of context;
- Appropriation strategies, cultural heritage and management of the conflictual past (traces,
actors, instances, media, hegemonic analyses, etc.)
- Themes and issues related to unwanted cultural heritage

Important dates
30 September 2021: Call for Papers published
15 January 2022: Deadline for abstract submissions
15 February 2022: Acceptance notifications
30 March 2022: Final programme published
Spring 2023: Publication of special issue with certain papers after evaluation
Instructions for contributors
Presenting your submission
Contributors should send their abstract submission to the following email address:
Please specify you are responding to Workshop 2.
Your submission should contain between 400 and 500 words.
It should include the names of the authors, their position, their institution (with postal address) and their e-mail address.
Submissions received after 15th January 2022 will not be considered.

Selection criteria
Coherence with the Call for papers and conference themes;
Scientific value and/or originality of the approach;
Clarity of the submission.
Registration fees
The registration fee is 75 € (35 € for PhD students).
Lunch and coffee breaks on June 22, 23 and 24 are provided by the organisers.
Papers can be presented in French, English or German.
Organising Committee
Université de Nantes,
Johannes DAHM
Université de Nantes,
Université de Nantes,
Scientific Committee
Charlotte Barcat, Université de Nantes
Christoph Breser, Université d’Innsbruck
Johannes Dahm, Université de Nantes
Sophie Eberhardt, Groupe Espi/Nantes
Henning Fauser, Université de Nantes
Géraldine Galeote, Université de Nantes
Christian Jacques, Université de Strasbourg
Alexandre Kostka, Université de Strasbourg
Kornelije Kvas, Université de Belgrade
Ruth Lambertz-Pollan, Université de Nantes
Piotr Marciniak, École Polytechnique de Poznań
Tobias Möllmer, Université d’Innsbruck
Susanne Müller, Université de Lorraine
Maitane Ostolaza, Université de Nantes
Gloria Paganini-Rainaud, Université de Nantes
Bénédicte Terrisse, Université de Nantes
Christiane Weber, Université d’Innsbruck
Sophie Elaine Wolf, Université d’Innsbruck
Werner Wögerbauer, Université de Nantes

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