Join HERITAGE for two weeks on the Greek island of Paros or online for our annual Engaging Communities in Cultural Heritage Summer School.

Community engagement has become a mainstay in the public programs of heritage institutions worldwide. In this hybrid (physical/online) program we will draw from our long experience with community engagement through heritage. We will collaborate with two local initiatives from the Greek island of Paros: the Paros Festival, an arts and heritage grassroots festival with a remarkable volunteer base and significant impact on the community, and with the local oral history initiative Ai Mnimai (The Memories). Both initiatives will help us discuss the ways in which research can lead to collective modes of knowledge creation and the preservation of local heritage.

The course duration is two weeks, with meetings, interviews, and enough time to complete assignments.

In-person students: will attend the online component of the school from Paros, but also will participate in person in ethnographic and oral history research. They are expected to act as the ‘embedded researchers’ of the online research groups formed during the summer school. Hence, students will be trained to employ various ethnographic techniques, such as direct and participant observation, interviews, focus groups.

Online students: will attend online lectures, participate in online short exercises and research meetings. They will also conduct online interviews with key members of the local community. Results of the ethnographic research will be presented in a podcast.

Find out more and apply here.