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Workshop on Tourism and Heritage Dissonances

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Date & location

From 2:00pm to 4:00pm CET



Maria Gravari-Barbas

Chair, Una Europa Self-Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage

This workshop is organized by the Una Europa Self-Steering Committee Cultural Heritage in the framework of the OurWorldHeritage initiative.

Not all heritage sites, including World Heritage sites, are places of aesthetic delectation, bear exceptional testimonies to a cultural tradition or to a civilization, are masterpieces of human creative genius, or exhibit interchanges of human values, developments in architecture or technology, arts, town-planning or landscape design. Some are associated with traumatic events, with conflicts and with violence perpetrated by humans to other humans. This is for example the case for several UNESCO sites, mainly listed under criterion (vi) related to memories of colonialism and slavery, conflicts, wars, nuclear disasters. Many other heritage sites have a national or local importance because of the messages they convey rather than for their materiality. These sites put specific questions in terms of their – often - conflicting narratives, of their interpretation to different audiences and of their visitor management. This seminar aims at analyzing these issues, based on several examples of heritage sites.


  • Maria Gravari-Barbas, Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne University


  • Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, Jagellonian University, Krakow
  • Patrizia Battilani, University of Bologna
  • Patrick Leech, University of Bologna/ATRIUM
  • Carolina Rodriguez Lopez, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
  • Dominique VANNESTE, KU Leuven


  1. Maria Gravari-Barbas, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: Introduction
  2. Dominique Vanneste, KU Leuven: First World War battlefield heritage: dissonant aspects.
  3. Maria Gravari-Barbas, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: Tourism at World Heritage sites related to dissonant memories: challenges and perspectives.
  4. Patrick Leech, University of Bologna: Promoting critical tourism on dissonant heritage: the case of the ATRIUM cultural route.
  5. Patrizia Battilani, University of Bologna: How interpreting dissonant heritage: co-creating school tourism experiences with students
  6. Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, Jagellonian University: The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone - a post-apocalyptic amusement park or a cultural heritage site?
  7. Carolina Rodríguez López, Universidad Complutense, Madrid: The places of the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s Regime in Madrid: interpretation and touristic uses of a dissonant heritage.