ACHS – CEE Conference


The history of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been characterized by the violent changing of borders and routes ever since WW1 and WW2. Post-war events continue to shape everyday local realities, state formations, and displacement of communities. (Self)imposed views on centrality and/or marginality of the region come strongly to the fore when considering these developments, producing inherent diversity. Socialism and post-socialism can be understood as a unifying experience in the region, but it is also highly differentiated, when considered alongside historical events and local political developments. How are all these diverse historical developments affecting heritage related processes in the region? What kind of perspectives can be gained from CEE heritage-making processes?
The conference aims to further discuss identified common themes of the Central and East European heritage studies; marginality vs. centrality, the impact of WW1 and WW2, the interplay of borders and routes, displacement of people, differentiated legacies of (post)socialism and future CEE heritage prospects. Its intention is to stimulate discussion about how various case studies of heritagization in CEE can contribute to the wider critical heritage studies.



David Charles Harvey,
Aarhus University,
David C Harvey is an associate professor in critical heritage studies at Aarhus University, Denmark, and an honorary professor of historical and cultural geography at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). His work has focussed on the geographies of heritage, and he has contributed to some key heritage debates, including processual understandings of heritage, extending the temporal depth of heritage, the outlining of heritage-landscape and heritage-climate change relations and the opening up of hidden memories through oral history. His recent works include The Real Agricultural Revolution: The Transformation of English Farming 1939-1985 (with Paul Brassley et al., 2021), which won the Joan Thirsk Prize (2022), Creating Heritage: Unrecognised Pasts and Rejected Futures (edited with Tom Carter et al., 2020), Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geography at the Centenary (edited with James Wallis, 2018), and The Future of Heritage as Climates Change: Loss, Adaptation and Creativity (edited with Jim Perry, 2015). He is on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Heritage Studies, and co-edits a Berghahn Book Series Exploration in Heritage Studies. In his spare time, David cycles a lot, plays a bit of football and struggles to learn Danish.
Alessandro Testa,
Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Alessandro Testa is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, where between 2020 and 2022 he led the ERC CZ project “The Re-Enchantment of Central-Eastern Europe”. Prior to this, he was a Lise Meitner Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct at the University of Vienna (2015-2019). His recent works include a book entitled Ritualising Cultural Heritage and Re-Enchanting Rituals in Europe (2023), articles Re-thinking the Concept of Re-enchantment in Central-Eastern Europe (Religio 2023), The Anthropology of Cultural Heritage in Europe: A Brief Genealogy from the Desk (1970–2020) and Empirical Observations from the Field (2010–2020) (Traditiones 2021) and other works.



The conference will be hosted by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and co-organized by the ZRC SAZU research program Heritage on the Margins, the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences research program Strategy AV21 – Anatomy of European Society, History, Tradition, Culture, Identity. The conference is held under the auspices of CEE Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.


Martina Bofulin, Špela Ledinek Lozej, Nataša Rogelja Caf, Monica Stobiecka, Jiří Woitsch


Martina Bofulin, Tjaša Jakop, Špela Ledinek Lozej, Primož Pipan, Marjeta Pisk, Ana Reberc, Nataša Rogelja Caf, Maja Topole, Jiří Woitsch