Hands-on Cooperation The Regional Restoration Camps Experience in the Othello´s Tower Conservation as a catalyst for communities working together in the Balkans

Eaton, Jonathan, Bllaci, Mirian, Hadžić, Lejla, Mamani, Elena and Eppich, Rand (2018) Hands-on Cooperation The Regional Restoration Camps Experience in the Othello´s Tower Conservation as a catalyst for communities working together in the Balkans. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

To build enduring peace and reconciliation, people must learn to work together. Cultural heritage has an essential role in that it can be a focal point for understanding and generating respect for the values of others. The Regional Restoration Camps (RRC) is a heritage conservation training model that works towards dialogue and understanding by creating ‘safe spaces,’ within which participants focus on learning and applying knowledge — about heritage and each other. The practical works during the Camps are organized in a way that fosters trust through teamwork and achievement—enhancing conditions for personal belief, greater togetherness, and compassion. The camps are planned and implemented so that young professionals and craftspeople, both women and men, from Southeast Europe can meet and learn about each other and their respective cultural backgrounds. By fostering personal understanding, this activity is contributing toward the creation of new cultural polities based on dialogue and works toward preventing conflicts like those the region suffered in the 1990s. Since 2007, Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) has organized 38 Camps, which have covered topics such as building restoration, artifact conservation, community development, interpretation, entrepreneurship and heritage management. The development of these camps has been supported and encouraged by international professionals, educational institutions and multilateral donors. After ten years of the Regional Restoration Camps, the authors feel that this model can be extended to other areas pre-or post-conflict, as a means of utilizing cultural heritage for peace building and reconciliation. This paper will describe the methodology of the Camps as well as ideas for implementation in other regions of the world.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Eaton, JonathanUNSPECIFIED
Bllaci, MirianUNSPECIFIED
Hadžić, LejlaUNSPECIFIED
Mamani, ElenaUNSPECIFIED
Eppich, RandUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Community participation; Conservation of cultural heritage; reconciliation; peace; armed conflicts; rights-based approach; regional restoration camps; balkans; cultural heritage without borders; europe; post-war situations; kosovo; war; local communities; young professionals; international cooperation; resilience; peace-building
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 04. Rehabilitation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
G.DETERIORATION > 04. Effects of deterioration
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 05. Europe
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 10:04
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 16:11
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