Local Communities, Cultural Heritage and Museums

Kcimi i bjeshkës me tupan i Tropojës – Tropoja drum mountain dance
The tradition of cultivating and using edible plants in Armenia

International Scientific Conference “Local Communities, Cultural Heritage and Museums”

оf the “Cultural Resources, Valorization of Heritage and Local Development” project (DN20/12, IEFSEM – BAS)

In partnership with New Bulgarian University and

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO


The International Scientific Conference “Local Communities, Cultural Heritage and Museums” will be held on February 25-26, online.

The idea for the scientific conference is a result of the research of a team from the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with the Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, New Bulgarian University, Rousse Regional Museum of History, Sliven Regional Museum of History, which implements the project “Cultural Resources, Valorisation of Heritage and Local Development”, funded by the Scientific Research Fund (DN20/12, 20.12.2017).

Cultural resources and their use for local development attract the attention of scientists from different fields of knowledge – anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, economists, cultural managers, etc. An object of lasting research interest in the human social sciences, cultural resources and their rethinking as legacies reveal deep connections between social actors, institutions, places of habitation and historical connections.

Cultural heritage occupies an important place in international development policies and programs. The 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly, focuses for the first time on culture in a new role – a powerful factor for sustainable and inclusive development.

Therefore, the conference draws attention to several important aspects in the study, research and interpretation of the relations between local communities, cultural heritage and museums as intermediaries in social communication and development.