5th International Conference on Heritage Management “HerMa Conference”


21-23 September 2018

The 5th International Conference on Heritage Management will be held from 21 to 23 September 2018 both in Eleusis and Athens.

The general Umbrella Theme for 2018 is the “Traditional and Local Knowledge as Heritage”. In 2018, Sweden is the Honoured Country with the support of the Swedish Institute at Athens.

Traditional and local knowledge is the most dynamic expression of human activity at multiple levels. This dynamic, intellectual complex necessitates special managerial tools for future safeguarding. The framework of free market related to heritage management is widely used in everyday life, but few comprehend their essential role. The conference aims to clarify the sensitive and controversial subject of intangible cultural heritage by theoretical and practical approaches.

HerMa Conference’s goal is to strengthen the field of cultural heritage management, as well as to empower the networking skills of cultural organizations, professionals and researchers working in the field of Cultural Heritage.

Within the framework of co-operation of the 5th International Conference on Heritage Management with Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture, 15 scholarships are offered to cultural professionals living in Eleusis and the wider region of West Attica.

Interested parties should send a short letter (max 200 words) at by Thursday 20/9/2018, explaining their interest in the conference, as well as stating their full name, telephone number and place of residence. The subject of the email should be: HerMa Conference_Scholarships/Eleusis 2021. The successful candidates will be notified by telephone on Thursday 20/9.

Sessions in Eleusis

Title: HerMa Communities
Date: 22 September 2018

Organization: HERITΛGE (Heritage Management Organization), Aris Anagnostopoulos, Lena Stefanou, Hariklia Hari

Special Guest: Virginia Kokkinou, Storyteller, Official Translator, Ionian University Graduate

Participants: Association of the Minor Asians of Eleusis/Folkloric Association of Eleusis “Adrachti”/Association of Pontian of Eleusis “Nea Trapezounda”/ Union of the Cretans of Elefusis “The Megalonissos”/Union of Chios of Eleusis “Agia Markella”/Association of Peloponnese of Eleusis/Association of Epirus of “Thriasian Plain”

Short Description:

This side event of the 5th HerMa Conference aims to create an open forum for creative dialogue between representatives of living communities and local municipal institutions. The subject matter for this discussion will be Traditional and Local Knowledge as Heritage and the elements that local communities want preserved and promoted, as well as the difficulties they face in doing so.

Space: “Anapsiktirio”, 1 Kanelopoulou str., Waterfront of Eleusis

Time: 19:00-20:30

Language: English/Greek

How can you participate: The event is free and open to the public

Title: HerMa Sacred Way
Date: 23 September 2018

OrganizationHERITΛGE (Heritage Management Organization), Chorus

Short Description:

This cultural walk explores the local knowledge of Eleusis, a city that has been side-lined in the cultural world because of its evolution as the industrial centre of Greece. The uncontrolled development of the heavy industry in Eleusis turned the once booming centre of culture and commerce into one of the most environmentally deprived areas in Greece and created a very unfavourable environment for cultural and economic growth.

Space:  Kerameikos-Eleusis

Time: 15:00-18:30

Language: English/Greek

How can you participate: The event is free and open to the public with a limited number of seats.

Prior online reservation is required at the email:

Title: Traditional and Local Knowledge as Heritage Sum Up-Cultural Landscapes Intro-Eleusis 2021 Visions for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Date: 23 September 2018

Organization: Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture and HerMa Conference Committee

Space: Leonidas Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Ionos Dragoumi str., 37 Eleusis 192 00

Time: 19:00-20:00

Language: English/Greek

How can you participate: The event is free and open to the public

For more information about the detailed programme, visit the conference’s website here.

Organization: HERITΛGE (Heritage Management Organization), AUEB, University of Kent, Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture, Athens 2018 World Book Capital, European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Swedish Institute at Athens.