The International Conference "Culture, Heritage and Tourism as Factors for Sustainable Development of Small and Medium-Size Cities (SMCs): the European Perspectives" will be held in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria from 29-31 May 2019.
The conference invites researchers and experts, city leaders, cultural managers, artists and community activists to discuss how to strategize cultural resources of SMCs to creatively address the challenges and risks of the contemporary neoliberal world.
Although SMCs represent over 60 percent of European urban settlements and give shelter to the majority of the European urban population, they receive disproportionately less public attention and funding in comparison to big cities and metropolises. By highlighting good examples from different European cities and towns and identifying their key success factors, the conference will explore the potential of culture, heritage and tourism to create jobs and prevent the youth migration by transforming SMCs into hubs of cultural entrepreneurship and social integration, but mostly – into good places for life and work.
The event is being organised by the Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Arts at the South-West University, the Bulgarian Sociological Association, and Blagoevgrad Municipality and supported by the Scientific Research Fund at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science –. This conference is also an example of ENCATC members working together as the conference's Scientific Committee includes ENCATC members from the University of Antwerp/Antwerp Management School in Belgium, Jyvaskyla University in Finland, and the University of Arts in Belgrade in Serbia.
The conference organisers are currently accepting papers until the extended deadline: 28 Feburary 2019.
For more information, download the Call for Papers: https://www.encatc.org/media/4616-culture_for_smc_call19_02_12019.pdf
ENCATC Contact: Svetlana Hristova