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‘Culture on the Move. Migration, Living traditions and Cultural Heritage Protection’ conference, Brunel University, 29 May 2015

The Brunel Law School, in collaboration with the Brunel Human Rights Centre and the URC Human rights, Security and the Media, is inviting you to attend a Day Conference on Culture on the Move: Migration & Cultural Heritage’ which will take place at Brunel University campus (Hamilton centre), UK on the 29 May 2015.
The Conference is exploring the links between migration, cultural heritage and living traditions –particularly artistic expressions, music, oral traditions, religion & folklore, cuisine, and other forms of tangible and intangible heritage. It is organized by the Brunel Law School (Dr Eleni Polymenopoulou), in collaboration with the Brunel Human Rights Centre, the URC Human rights, Security and the Media, and sponsored by Brunel University London (Seminar Series Award (2014-2015).
To register for this event, contact or register online –online registration now available here:

Speakers include:

Dr Elizabeth Carnegie, University of Sheffield

Dr Alison Carrol, Brunel University London

Dr Alessandro Chechi, University of Geneva

Prof Dr Yvonne Donders, University of Amsterdam

Dr Kamrul Hossain, University of Lapland Arctic Centre

Dr Perla Innocenti, Northumbria University

Dr Andrzej Jakubowski, Institute for Legal Studies Polish Academy of Sciences

Dr Eleni Polymenopoulou, Brunel University London

Prof William Spurlin, Brunel University London

Prof Manisuli Ssenyonjo, Brunel University London

Dr Alexandra Xanthaki, Brunel University London

Assist Prof Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani, Uninettuno Rome


The conference aims at:

•   Interrogating how migration trends may affect cultural policies, and specifically the production of tangible and intangible cultural heritage;
•   Exploring the normative, legal and socio-legal, frameworks of cultural policies in relation to cultural diversity and the protection of living traditions and intangible heritage;
•    Addressing the difficulties for the migrants to preserve it and to remain linked with their cultural heritage and living traditions;
•    Examining how domestic, regional and international laws protect migrants, refugees, IDPs, and asylum seekers’ cultural rights, including protection of their artistic and folkloric expressions, religious/ traditional expressions, food and culinary traditions, languages and dialects, music, myth and oral traditions, and traditional knowledge;
•    Identifying legal lacunae in the protection of migrants’ cultural heritage, and more generally, cultural heritage, and marking differences with minority and indigenous tangible and intangible heritage;
•    Developing and consolidating knowledge and research in the area of vulnerable groups’ cultural rights, namely migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and ethnic/religious minority groups;
•    Promoting the understanding and application of international human rights standards in relation to cultural rights, including artistic expressions, language, and education.
•    Considering the protection of these expressions in the context of debates on multiculturalism and globalization, and the accommodation of diversity;
•   Addressing the need for protection of these expressions and knowledge particularly in the frame of war, disasters (including environmental disasters) and other situations amounting to massive migratory afflux, displacements and high number of refugees.

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