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Erasmus Summer school: Heritology

The Alma Mater Europaea University (Institute of Humanities Studies), in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology of the University of Ljubljana, the National Museum of Slovenia, the Pivka Park of Military History, and the company Krasen Kras, is organizing an Erasmus summer school on the topic of ‘Heritology’ from July 8 to July 12, 2024.

The honorary patron of the summer school is the former President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.

Lectures on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (July 8 - 10, 2024), which will be held at the National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova, can be followed online at this LINK.

The five-day program will include the following lecture topics, along with two one-day excursions, museum visits, workshops, and experimental archaeology:



9:00 - Arrival and registration

9:30 - Opening address by the honorary patron of the summer school, Borut Pahor

9:45 - Introductory presentations:

- Assist. Prof. Dr. Luka Trebežnik, Alma Mater Europaea University

- Assist. Prof. Dr. Katharina Zanier, Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana

- Prof. Dr. Mateja Kos, National Museum of Slovenia

I. Session: HERITAGE (theory: heritage as a scientific and social phenomenon, a human right and a sustainable development opportunity):

10:00 - Keynote lecture: Assist. Prof. Dr. Jelka Pirkovič, University of Ljubljana, New University, Slovenia: The Role of Heritage in Identity Formation

10:45 - Coffee break

11:00 - Assist. Prof. Ddr. Verena Perko, University of Ljubljana, New University, Slovenia, Heritage and the Needs of Contemporary Society

11:20 - Dr. Bine Kramberger, ZVKDS and Institute of Archaeology, ZRC SAZU, Archaeological Heritage in the 21st century: From Pick and Shovel to 3D Scanning and Multidisciplinary Research

11:40 - Keynote lecture to the second section: Prof. Dr. Goran Zlodi, University of Zagreb, Croatia, The Role of Museum Documentation in the Democratisation of Contemporary Society


12:25 - 13:30 - Lunch break

II. Session: HERITAGE AUTHENTICITY, IDENTITY, AND HERITAGE VALUES (needs of contemporary society, heritage values paradigm, who "owns" heritage, creative industries and national/local identity, the role of museum documentation...):

13:30 - Nina Sotelšek, University of Ljubljana, Museum Documentation and Local Community

13:50 - Matjaž Koman, University of Ljubljana, National? Heritage and Local Community

14:10 - Lucija Perko, University of Ljubljana, Identitary Role of Design in the Context of Local Heritage Interpretation

14:30 - Coffee break

14:40 - Dr. Rafko Urankar, Dr. Jure Krajšek

15:00 - Dr. Kaja Stemberger Flegar, PJP d.o.o., Unaddressed Aspects of Identity in Roman Archaeology

15:20 - Prof. Dr. Aida Idrizbegović-Zgonić, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo, PRINCIPLE OF RECOMPOSITION OF ORIGINAL FRAGMENTS. An Essence of Material Authenticity or Symbolic Fragments of the Original. Case Study Partizan Cemetery in Mostar by Bogdan Bogdanović

15:40 - Dr. Alessandra Esposito, The MaDiH (مديح): Mapping Digital Cultural Heritage in Jordan Project. A Collaborative Approach to Strengthening National Digital Cultural Heritage Infrastructure.


16:00 - Guided tour to the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum, Ljubljana



III. Session: HERITAGE INTERPRETATION AND COMMUNICATION (between science and the public, the role of museology and museums, documentation, the public and new technologies...):**

8:00 - Keynote lecture: Assist. Prof. Ddr. Verena Perko, University of Ljubljana, New University, Slovenia

8:45 - Prof. Dr. Emilio Marin, Professor Emeritus, Ambassador Retired, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France/ European Academy of Sciences and Arts/ Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia/ Academia de Buenas Letras, The Case of the Augusteum at Narona

9:15 - Dr. Birgitta Hoffmann, Roman Gask Project: Bridging a Gap or Creating a Bridgehead: Thoughts on Communicating Archaeological Research on the Roman Frontier Gask Ridge to the Local Communities

9:40 - Prof. Dr. Haris Dervišević, University of Sarajevo, Stories Behind Artefacts: Sarajevo 17th Century Safavid Carpets (online)

10:10 - Assist. Prof. Dr. Lenka Vargova, Experimental Archaeology and Reenactions in Museum


10:40 - Coffee break


IV. Session: PUBLIC ARCHEOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY (scientific paradigms, the emergence of public archaeology and ecomuseums, museum inclusion, new technologies…):**

11:00 - Keynote lecture: Prof. Dr. Csaba Szabó, Public Archaeology and the Heritage of Ancient Rome in Central-Eastern Europe. The Case Study of Roman Sanctuaries in the Danube Region.

11:45 - Dr. Andrej Magdič, Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia; Protection of Archaeological Heritage and Involvement of Local Publics

12:05 - Dr. Tadej Curk, Museum of Sport, Slovenia, Multivocality and Archaeology

12:25 - Jana Puhar, University of Ljubljana, Archaeology for the Public and Local Public Involvement

12:45 - Coffee break

13:00 - Marta Alberti, Deputy Director of Excavations, The Vindolanda Trust Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill Hexham, Northumberland


13:25 - Ddr. Stefanie Hoss, Cutlery and Table Manners in the Northwestern Provinces of the Roman Empire

13:50 - Petra Stipančić, Dolenjski Muzej, Situla Festival

14:10 - Dr. Maša Saccara, Revitalization of Ancient Settlements in the Context of Sustainable Tourism


16:00 - Visiting Ig Pile Dwelling – Morostig – the House of Nature and Piles (drive to Ig with the bus ca. 15:00)

Introductory lecture to the visit: Prof. Aleksander Ostan, University of Ljubljana: Architecture as Heritage Interpretation.

Experimental Archaeology: Polona Janežič, Slovenia



V. Session: CONTESTED HERITAGE (collective memory and places of memory, trauma and the role of catharsis, social meanings of difficult heritage…):

9:30 – 10:15 - Keynote lecture: Dr. Rosvita Pesek / Prof. Dr. Mitja Ferenc, The Independence of the Republic Slovenia and Slovenian Contested Heritage

10:30 - Assist. Prof. Lejla Džumhur, University of Sarajevo, “TRAUMATIC HERITAGE PLACES (THP) - VALUES AND MANAGEMENT. A Case Study of Sarajevo Historic Urban Landscape”

11:00 - Coffee break

11:15 - Assist. Daniel Siter, Researcher and PhD Candidate, Alma Mater Europaea University - Faculty ISH and IRC Maribor, "Difficult Heritage" as a Historical Source and Instrument of Learning: Cases of Rogaška Slatina & Obersalzberg

11:45 - Dr. Uroš Košir, "Archaeology of Dark Heritage in Slovenia"

12:15 - Prof. Dr. Emilio Marin, Professor Emeritus, Ambassador Retired, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France/ European Academy of Sciences and Arts/ Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia/ Academia de Buenas Letras, Contested Heritage and Collective Memory: Some Examples in Europe During the Period of the Roman Empire

12:45 - Mag. Janko Boštjančič, Museums and the Difficult Heritage of Military Armaments / The lecture will be presented at the Military History Park in Pivka

13:10 - Prof. Dr. Renata Šribar, Alma Mater Europaea University, University of Ljubljana PEF and Center FemA, Structural Conditions and Personal Challenges of the Archaeological Fieldwork: An Auto/Biographical Case Study of Trauma and Catharsis


13:40 - 14:30 - Lunch break



Assist. Prof. Ddr. Verena Perko,

Assist. Prof. Dr. Anja Hellmuth Kramberger, /

Nuša Krstič (International Office, Erasmus+), /