¡Welcome to the
4th International and Interdisciplinary
Cultural Heritage Congress!
We are excited to welcome the fourth edition of the International and Interdisciplinary Cultural Heritage Congress “Industrial Heritage, Social Issues and Challenges for New Governance”, to be held in Concepción, Biobío Region, Chile. This event will bring together researchers, academics, professionals and enthusiasts passionate about industrial heritage as a fundamental reflection of our history and culture.
Since 2016, this congress has been a unique space where experts from diverse disciplines, professions and institutions explore and preserve the rich industrial legacy that has shaped our communities and societies.
We have a call open for industrial heritage initiatives and projects that want to participate in the exhibition we will set up in the congress venue during the week. The deadline is September 8.
Goals of the
The Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Cultural Heritage Congress “Industrial Heritage, Social Issues and Challenges for a New Governance” is an initiative of the Creasur Cultural Center, supported by the Southern Research Center (Nudisur) and with funding granted by the Biobío Regional Government through its “International Strategies for the Transformation of Industrial Heritage into Regional Assets” program. Our goals are to position the region’s cultural and industrial heritage as a transformative engine for sustainable regional development.
We wish to highlight the importance of the industrial heritage as a living testimony of the history and culture of the Biobío Region. Through the experiences shared by experts at the national and international levels, we seek to increase awareness and the appreciation of this unique cultural wealth.
We believe that industrial heritage requires a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional perspective to be properly understood and preserved. Our congress provides a meeting place where academics, professionals and communities can join forces, sharing knowledge and approaches from various disciplines.
The congress is proposed as a place for the generation of ideas and concrete proposals. Heritage experts from around the world will present innovative solutions and effective strategies to boost regional development based on industrial heritage. The intention is to inspire tangible actions and collaborative projects.
The congress will serve as a platform for strengthening collaboration between the academic world, national and international organizations, public service and local communities. We want to establish lasting links that promote the conservation and sustainable use of industrial heritage as a resource for the integral development of the region.
By promoting the social valuation and use of the industrial heritage, we aim to consolidate the regional identity of Biobío. We want the people of the region to recognize and be proud of their industrial heritage and to understand it as a key asset in building a promising future.
the IV Congress!
We cordially invite industrial heritage initiatives and projects from around Chile and the Biobío region whether they come from the civil society, universities, museums, artists, artisans, non-profit organizations or professionals in the field, to participate in an exhibition that will be on show throughout the congress week and will be open to the public in the main hall of the Biobío Regional Government headquarters, our congress venue.
The aim of the exhibition is to show the richness and diversity that characterizes this particular heritage in the Biobío Region and Chile. It is complemented by presentations provided by our international speakers from around the world. Applications are open until 8 September 2023.
Why we do this
- The exhibition will be designed and set up by the Creasur Communications Team. The coordination will be done online, without the need for exhibitors to physically participate in the congress.
- The exhibition provides a dissemination platform for the heritage initiatives and projects on show, highlighting in a diverse, inclusive and accessible way the values and challenges of industrial heritage in the Biobío region, Chile and beyond.
- Contents on show will address the characteristics of sites, social contexts and the communities that strive for the recognition of their heritage. We pay particular attention to social and cultural and intangible heritage and to possible threats due to the lack of knowledge, insufficient heritage education, management challenges or environmental conditions, among others.
Visit us on our social media channels for more information about the congress, important dates and key topics. Join our conversations using the event’s official hashtag: #PatrimonioIndustrial2023