1st International Meeting on Cultural Heritage and Human Rights

27 de May, 2024

As part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of 25 April, the 1st International Meeting on Cultural Heritage and Human Rights aims to encourage discussion about the links between Cultural Heritage – its protection, safeguarding, management, mediation, perception – and Human Rights, namely their defence, respect, pursuit and development.


The meeting is scheduled to take place on 5 and 6 June 2024 at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, and its guest speakers include Susana Medina, from the Soares dos Reis National Museum. The museologist will present the paper ‘Human Rights and Museums: Orientations, diagnosis and projections’, taking the exhibition Portreto de la Animo. Art Brut etc (pictured), which was on display at the Soares dos Reis National Museum in 2023.

The meeting is conceived in a context in which Cultural Heritage is taking on visibility as a tool and/or process for the defence, promotion and development of Human Rights, but also as an instrument for limiting, impeding or violating them. Through a programme that brings together heritage actors, researchers, international relations agents and members of civil society, the event aims to discuss the theme, its relevance and its emergence on the contemporary international scene.


Participation is free and open to the academic community, the heritage sector and civil society.


The 1st International Meeting on Cultural Heritage and Human Rights is part of Inês de Carvalho Costa’s PhD project in Heritage Studies – specialising in Art History.


The project is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, 2021.07318.BD, https://doi.org/10.54499/2021.07318.BD) and the Transdisciplinary Research Centre “Culture, Space and Memory” (CITCEM, Porto, Portugal), with the collaboration of the Cultural Heritage Laboratory of the Juiz de Fora Federal University (LAPA/UFJF, MG, Brazil). The scientific supervision of the project is the responsibility of Professor Maria Leonor Botelho (CITCEM-FLUP/DCTP, Porto, Portugal) and Professor Rodrigo Christofoletti (Federal University of Juiz de Fora, UFJF, MG, Brazil).