Call for Papers


International EAHN Thematic Conference ‘Heritage in Danger’

February 20-21, 2023

Deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to be on: September 15, 2022

Theme of the Conference

If writing history is the “telling of stories” then heritage is what brings life to these stories!

While the world mourns the destruction of the widely known Iraqi archaeological and heritage sites of Nimrud, Hatra, Sinjar and the old town of Mosul caused by the ISIS invasion in 2014-2017, other Iraqi archaeological and heritage sites in much safer zones were and still are underestimated and exposed to silent death via ongoing neglect and unchecked deterioration with a very limited capacity to safeguard them like in the case of Koya’s old town which reached its zenith during the Ottoman reign.

The current critical situation of Ukraine's heritage sites, along with many other cases around the world which have faced threats like armed conflicts and wars, natural disasters, pollution, poaching, uncontrolled urbanization and unchecked tourist development were inscribed in the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. Such as the case of the city of Bam in Iran that was struck by a major earthquake in 2004, and the case of the historic town of Zabid in Yemen where the heritage has seriously deteriorated and more than 40% of its buildings were replaced by new concrete ones (Yemen’s current civil war has worsened this situation even more). These examples reflect the wide range of threats that put heritage in danger and require special attention and corrective action.

This two-day conference aims to explore various aspects of the threats that lead to heritage loss, along with the questions about how to save and protect cultural heritage through discussing and raising international awareness of the critical risks confronting cultural heritage and the devastating heritage loss around the world.

The conference welcomes papers that address similar or other aspects of threats behind heritage loss all over the world and how to safeguard the cultural heritage and mitigate the threats.

Abstracts should be submitted online via conference website only no later than September 15,2022; we will not accept abstracts that are sent via email. For further information please send your inquiries to the following address:

Author Guidelines

Call for Papers Submission deadline: September 15, 2022.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted through the Conference website, along with applicant’s name, professional affiliation, title of paper or position, a short curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages), home and work addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

Sessions will be composed by three to five papers, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. Each paper should be limited to a 20-minute presentation. Abstracts for session presentations should define the subject and summarize the argument to be presented in the proposed paper. The content of that paper should be the product of well-documented original research that is primarily analytical and interpretative rather than descriptive in nature.

The Organizing Committee has the prerogative to recommend changes to the abstract. The selected speakers must return edited abstracts no later November 15, 2022.

Speakers of accepted paper proposals must submit the complete text of their papers (for a 20 minute presentation) by December 15, 2022.

The Scientific Committee may suggest editorial revisions to the paper in order to satisfy the conference guidelines and will return it with comments to the speaker by January 10, 2023.

For online publication (optional), the papers will be peer reviewed in order to satisfy the publication purposes, and the scientific committee will return them with comments to the authors by March 21, 2023. Before the publication, the papers will have proofreading, and the deadline for the proofreading will be on April 25, 2023.

Speakers must complete any revisions and distribute copies of their paper to the scientific committee by May 10, 2023.

The Scientific Committee reserves the right to withhold a paper from the program if the author has refused to comply with these guidelines. It is the responsibility of the Scientific Committee to inform speakers of these guidelines.

Each speaker is expected to fund his or her own registration, travel and expenses to Erbil City and to Koya both in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. International speakers and the scientific committee will enjoy free accommodation inside Koya during the conference.

For further information, please check the Overview


Submissions for this conference were closed on 2022-09-15.

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