Belgrade Heritage Forum “Rethink, Reuse, Refuse”, 19 May 2023


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Frequent turbulence, massive conflicts and constructed insecurity are part of our everyday life. We live in a world marked by extreme inequalities between the rich and the poor, by increasing asymmetries between the new “urban empires” and depleted rural areas, and by disequilibrium between natural, self-organising ecosystems and man-made ones. The modern economy has produced both environmental and social poverty, and the failure to manage conflicts and contradictions has led us to climate change. Between the desire to create new and the need to use the inherited, we are bound by a futuristic past and a dystopian future.

Answers to existing challenges are present in diverse forms of active promotion of the transition to a state in which the rhythms of current life are less in conflict with natural processes. On the European level, there is a whole range of new policy initiatives, within the wider framework of the European Green Deal, which aim to accelerate the quality transition to more sustainable and inclusive ways of life, such as the New European Bauhaus and the Davos Alliance.

Given that all these changes are reflected in the field of heritage, Europa Nostra Serbia in close collaboration with Europa Nostra and with the support of the European Commission, the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia and the Delphi Economic Forum are organising the first Belgrade Heritage Forum. The Forum promotes the use of circular economy strategies, and focuses on concepts such as RETHINK, REFUSE and REUSE as applied to heritage. A bioecological, social and cultural component are intertwined in the conference with a desire to support the transformations of heritage for a more liveable future.




09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00 Opening Session

Moderator: Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General, Europa Nostra

Ksenija Zelenović, Yugoslav Film Archive
Irina Subotić, President, Europa Nostra Serbia
Emanuele Giaufret, Ambassador of the EU to Serbia (tbc)
Luca Gori, Ambassador of Italy in Serbia
Pierre Cochard, Ambassador of France in Serbia
Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of the Belgrade Office of the Council of Europe
Hermann Parzinger, Executive President, Europa Nostra
Tanja Miščević, Minister of European Integration, Serbia (tbc)


10:00 – 11:30 RE-THINK

This session will encourage a critical review of heritage values. We need to go beyond the understanding of heritage as fragile traces of the past that must be transmitted to future generations in the best possible preserved form. Is heritage something more than an essential component of our multiple identities, our sense of place and sense of belonging and more than the expression of local, regional, national and/or European uniqueness? Is it more than an educational, social and economic resource? Will we manage it better if we re-think its role, if we re-imagine the intersection between cultural heritage and SDGs and climate action and treat it as a commons?

Moderator: Milena Jokanović, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Center for Museology and Heritology

Introductory Address: Višnja Kisić, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management, Europa Nostra Serbia

Panel discussion
Marc Wingens, Erfgoed Gelderland, The Netherlands
Agata Wasowska-Pawlik, Director, International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland
Iva Čukić, Co-Founder, Ministry of Space Collective, Serbia
Jermina Stanojev, KU Leuven Institute for Culutral Heritage, Belgium/Serbia
Stefan Krankenhagen, Dean, University of Hildesheim, Germany
Isidora Stanković, Una Europa / Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 RE-FUSE

This session will seek to address the biggest threats and challenges which our cultural heritage movement faces today. We shall reflect upon several cases of endangered heritage in South-East Europe. We shall discuss whether we need to make compromises between different values, how to reduce the imbalance between desires and possibilities, or how to ensure the best possible match between expected goals and outcomes.

Moderator: Marija Djorđević, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy-Institute for Art History

Introductory Address: Claudia Apostol, A.R.A.- Architecture.Restoration.Archeaology. Romania

Panel discussion
Cristina Loglio, Council Member, Europa Nostra, Italy
Guy Clausse, Executive Vice-President, Europa Nostra, Luxembourg
Vedrana Babić-Lazarević, Watermills of Bistrica, Petrovac na Mlavi, Serbia
Senada Demirović-Habibija, City of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Blažo Kažanegra, Cultural Landscape of Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Mirko Popovic, Programme Director, RERI, Serbia

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 RE-USE

This session will take us on a journey through award-winning examples of best practices with regard to heritage-led regeneration. What are their common features? Are individual engagement and community spirit equally important in these processes? How are they related to the development of adequate European policies of relevance to heritage?

Moderator: Anđela Jovanović, European Heritage Youth Ambassador, Europa Nostra Serbia

Introductory Address: Paolo Vitti, Board Member of Europa Nostra, Professor at the Notre-Dame University, Italy

Panel discussion
Sabine Nemec-Piguet, Member of the European Heritage Award Jury, Switzerland
Irina Iamandescu, Deputy Director for Immovable Heritage, Romanian National Institute of Heritage
Slobodan Radovanović, Creative Hub in Kotor, Koto, Serbia
Eugen Vaida, Co-Founder, Ambulance for Monuments, EU/EN Public Choice Award 2020, Romania
Eduardo Gargiulo, La Paranza Cooperative, Heritage Champions 2022, Naples, Italy
Slavica Vujović, Centuries of Bač, EU/EN Grand Prix 2018, Serbia


16:00 – 17:00 Closing Session: European Heritage Hub – a Way Forward

Moderator: Vesna Marjanovic, Secretary General, Europa Nostra Serbia

Jacek Purchla, Vice-President, Europa Nostra
Andrew Potts, European Heritage Hub & Climate Heritage Network
Bruno Rossignol, European Investment Bank Institute
Tatjana Cvjetićanin, Balkan Museum Network
Marshall Marcus, Secretary General, European Union Youth Orchestra
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General, Europa Nostra

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