Open Call for Participants: Summer academy on Managing Historic Urban Landscapes


Europa Nostra Serbia, Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments Novi Sad and Faculty of Sport and Tourism - Tims, in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage, Europa Nostra and Global Observatory on Historic Urban Landscapes, invite early career professionals from across Europe to apply to the Open Call for participation in the Summer Academy "Managing Historic Urban Landscapes", which will take place from 5th-12th August 2018, in Petrovaradin, Novi Sad, Serbia. 

Professionals and postgraduates students up to 40 years old whose work and study is related to cultural heritage protection, management and interpretation, cultural tourism, architecture, urban planning and urban regeneration, as well as related areas are welcomed to apply until 15th of May 2018

The Summer Academy is part of the project Case Petrovaradin: Managing Historic Urban Landscapes, and is run within the framework of the Novi Sad 2021 European Capital of Culture and European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Petrovaradin is an exciting settlement dating back to Celtic times, but its most visible urban structures and architecture is the result of 18th century military and civic planning within Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Petrovaradin is characterised by its historical multiculturality, and a mix of religious, civic, artistic, institutional, military and business actors that still shape the present day area - imposing diverse visions of heritage protection and urban development. Current spotlight on Petro-varadin Fortress and its downtown is timely and exciting, since due to the Novi Sad preparations for being the European Capital of Culture in 2021 this protected cultural heritage site is undergoing significant restoration activities, management plan is in the making and numerous civic, public and business interests in the area are growing. Therefore, the pressure on the area, on its inhabitants, users and relevant institutions, as well as on its multifaceted heritage is getting more complex and requires series of transparent, professional and participatory mechanisms. 

From 5-12th of August 2018, young experts will work on site in Petrovaradin with some of the leading practitioners, theoreticians and experts in the field of heritage management coming from across Europe, as well as key local stakeholders. The Summer Academy will include

• Education of the history, architecture and specificities of Petrovaradin fortress, Downtown and surrounding landscape

 • Education and training about the basic principles and standards of historic urban landscapes approach (HUL methodology developed by UNESCO)

• Education and training about the basic assessment and understanding of the values and significance of historic urban landscapes inclusive of built, movable and intangible heritage; 

• Education and training about the understanding of preventive conservation, adaptable reuse and spatial uses of historic urban landscapes

• Education and training on concepts and methods of heritage interpretation

• Education and training on tourism valorisation of historic urban landscapes 

• Education and training on cultural heritage management, the decision making structures, community and stakeholders involvement. 

During the one week academy participants will work on formulating recommendations and ideas for improving the management, interpretation and usage the wider area of Petrovaradin fortress and town, results of which will be presented publicly during the last day of the Academy, and will be later published in a publication Case Petrovaradin: Dossier, which will act as the basis for further advocacy related to managing historic urban landscapes in Serbia and beyond. 

Important dates 

Deadline for sending applications: 15th May 2018, 18:00h CET. Deadline for final selection of participants: 25th May 2018. Summer Academy dates: 5th August (arrival during the day) - 12th August (participants leaving in the afternoon). Public presentation of group work outcomes and certificates of participation: 12th August. Deadline for sending the outcomes of group work for publication: draft version 15th September, final version 31st October. 

Accommodation and participation fees 

Thanks to the funding support by the Headley Trust and Foundation NS2021 European Capital of Culture, all participation fees as well as accommodation, including breakfast and lunch from 5-12th August 2018 are covered and provided by the project organisers. Participants will be accommodated in Hostel VaradInn, in the heart of 18th century Petrovaradin downtown, in 6-10 bed rooms. 

Travel arrangements 

Travel arrangements are expected to be made by participants themselves, and travel expenses to and from Petrovaradin are expected to be covered by the participants.