Draft programme

Draft programme

The 2023 Biennial Conference programme will start on Thursday, 20 April 2023 and will end on Friday, 21 April 2023.

The participants will have the opportunity to attend study visits in Malmö on Saturday, 22 April 2023.

More information about the speakers here.

WEDNESDAY | 19 APRIL 2023 (Pre-Conference)

10:00 and 13:00 | Run for Heritage with local students
Before the conference, young people from Lund will explore their local religious heritage in a fun learning activity combining history and sports. This activity has been organised in collaboration with Burb and is part of FRH’s Run for Heritage campaign. Find more information here.

19.00 | Informal dinner at Valvet Steakhouse (at own expense) | Adress: Allhelgona kyrkogata 7, 223 62 Lund
Participants in the informal dinner will be able to register in advance so they don’t have to do it the following morning.


Venue: Kulturen i Lund, Tegnérsplatsen 6, 223 50 Lund

8.00 | Registration (participants will also be able to register during the informal dinner the evening before).
9.00 | Official institutional welcome by:

  • Swedish National Authorities
  • Diocese of Lund
  • FRH President

9.20 | Music performance by Elin Teilus, Sámi singer, yoiker and artist with roots far north in Sámpi.
She will captivate our audience with a yoik, a traditional Sámi song, which is a hymn to living beings. Yoiks do not always have a pre-defined musical structure, they often can be improvised and rely heavily on the singer for the tone, rhythm and message, leading the listener through their inner world.


Keynote speech by Christer Gustafsson, Professor in Conservation at Uppsala University (Sweden)

10.30 | Audience Q&A

10.45 | Coffee break

11.15 | Presentation by Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust (United Kingdom)
11.25 | Presentation by Peter Palgut, Gotická Cesta Association (Slovakia)
11.35 | Presentation by Kateryna Zorya, Södertörn University (Sweden) (TBC)
11.55 | Poster presentation by Rev Ruth Dowson, Senior Lecturer at the UK Centre for Events and Management, Leeds Beckett University (United Kingdom)
12.00 | Audience Q&A

12.30 | Lunch


Keynote speech by Shaul Bassi, Director of the MA in Environmental Humanities at Ca’Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

14.00 | Audience Q&A
14.15 | Presentation on rural cultural heritage landscape by Silvia Aulet, researcher in spiritual and religious tourism at the University of Girona (Spain) and Jennie Hawks, Founder of the Building Crafts and Conservation Foundation (BCCF) (United Kingdom)
14.25 | Presentation on Tourism and Sustainability by Bogdan-Ilie Cocieru, Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava (Romania)
14.35 | Presentation “Children and heritage: how to use cemeteries as a place for knowledge, integration and democracy” by Helene Båtshake and Kristina Nilsson from Förening LARM (Sweden)
14.45 | Poster presentation by Christos Kakalis and Neil Buford, New Castle University (United Kingdom)
14.50 | Audience Q&A

15.15 | Coffee break

15.45 | FRH Photo Competition 2022 award ceremony
16.15 | Summary and conclusions of the day
16.45 | End of day 1

19.00 |  Conference dinner at All Saints Church in Lund. (Address: Allhelgona kyrkogata 1, 223 62 Lund, Sweden)
Before the dinner begins, conference participants will enjoy an organ demonstration and a  Sámi music performance by Elin Teilus. The Bishop of Lund will greet the conference participants with a speech. The dinner will end with a final Sámi performance. Dinner will be vegetarian and alcohol-free.

FRIDAY | 21 APRIL 2023

Venue: Kulturen i Lund, Tegnérsplatsen 6, 223 50 Lund
08.00 | Possibility to attend a morning mass in Lund Cathedral (partly in English)
08:40 | Guided tour of Lund Cathedral for conference participants (in English)

9.30 | Coffee at the venue

9:45 | Catherine Magnant, Head of Cultural Policy at the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)


Keynote speech by Tharik Hussain, travel writer and journalist specialising in Muslim Heritage and author of the 2022 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year “Minarets in the Mountains: a Journey into Muslim Europe”

10.30 | Audience Q&A
10.45 | Presentation by Tom O’Dell, Professor in Ethnology at Lund University (Sweden) and Lee Dallas, Project Assistant at the Division of Ethnology, Lund University (Sweden)
10.55 | Presentation by Olimpia Niglio, Vice President of ICOMOS PRERICO (Italy)
11.05 | Presentation on the European Union report “Strengthening Cultural Heritage Resilience for Climate Change” by Anne Grady, Head Cultural Heritage Advisor and Seconded National Expert to the EU Parliament (Ireland)
11.15 | Poster presentation by Rolando Volzone, architect and post-doc researcher at DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte and CHAIA-UÉ
11.20 | Break
11.30 | Audience Q&A
11.45 | Poster presentations at the hall of Kulturen i Lund

12.15 | Lunch


Keynote speech by Jakub Nowakowski, Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum (Poland)

13.45 | Audience Q&A
14.00 | Presentation by Britta Roos, Head of the Cultural Heritage Department at the County Administrative Board of Skåne (Sweden)
14.10 | Presentation by Klas Grinell, Director of the Centre of European Research, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
14.20 | Presentation by Matthias Ripp, Chair of the UNESCO world heritage working group on historic city centres of the German Association of Cities (Germany)
14.30 | Poster presentation by Caterina Ruscio, archaeologist and museum educator (Italy)
14.35 | Audience Q&A

14.50 | Coffee break

15.20 | Religious Heritage Innovator of the Year 2022 award ceremony
15.45 | Summary and conclusions of the day
16.15 | Presentation of the Policy Paper on Sustainable Religious Heritage

17.00| End of the conference



Visits to religious heritage sites (churches, mosques, synagogues and cemeteries) in Malmö. Visits will start at 9:00 and end at 14:30 at Malmö station. Lunch will be provided during the tour.