First inaugurated by the Campuses on October last, the celebrations for the anniversary of the signing of the UNESCO Convention have now arrived in Bologna. You can either choose to attend the scientific conferences, to be held on 1 and 2 December, in person or to follow the live streaming of the events.

After Ravenna, Forlì, Rimini and Cesena, the cycle of conferences promoted by the University of Bologna to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage is now making a stop in Bologna.

The conferences will focus in particular on the legal aspects of the Convention, on management issues involving World Heritage Sites, and on the role of software heritage in their promotion and preservation.

The first conference, entitled “UNESCO and the issue of Management: problems and perspectives”, will take place on Thursday, 1 December. Addressing the issue from the perspective of international research on the subject of UNESCO site management, the event will provide first-hand reports from the managers of some of these sites in our region, dwelling on the management-related problems, solutions and proposals that have emerged in these cases.

Also to be held on Thursday, 1 December is the event entitled “Software Heritage: the memory of our software legacies”. This conference focuses on the impact of the Software Heritage project, an essential, universal archive for preserving the cultural heritage of software. This ambitious but necessary project has been conceived so as to be able to hand down to future generations an important part of our present and its stratified memory, leading us to question the very form, functions, transformations, actors and subjects of the archive in the digital age.

Finally, on Friday, 2 December, it will be the turn of “The impact of the 1972 UNESCO Convention on national and international legal systems and the relationship with the European Union”. This conference will examine the impact of the Convention on international law, the need to revise and innovate the treaty which gave rise to the UNESCO system, and the measures undertaken by national legal systems to observe the values expressed by the international community through the Convention.

These scientific conferences are open to all and will be streamed live on the University’s YouTube channel.

Published on: 21 November 2022