2nd International Colloquium

30th January 2017 at the University of Wolverhampton, UK

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The 2nd International Colloquium of the Virtual Heritage Cairo Network takes place at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom on 30th January 2017. The Colloquium is titled: "Visual Representation of Cultural Heritage: Opportunities, Economics, Ethical and Moral Challenges" and aims to drive the debate on the evident and potential benefits of the digital recording, preservation and marketing of cultural heritage through virtual and online environments. We look at virtual online environments as an innovative and inventive domain that enables and supports new opportunities of income generation, engages global citizens and supports virtual tours to remote heritage sites, or those sites whose visits are either not possible or pose considerable risk. The Middle East is the case in question for this colloquium, focusing on its peculiar situations, wealth of heritage sites at risk and what best strategies that could be done.

In principle we ask two questions:

  • What Virtual environments, digital recording, surveying and modelling offer to support heritage sites at risk?
  • How can heritage sites in troubled regions sustain self-sufficient financial support, economic feasibility, accessibility and protection?

The Colloquium will debate and confront the challenges that face the effective and sustainable use of digital and virtual modes of recording, surveying and modelling cultural heritage sites and traditions in the heart of old and ancient cities in the Middle East. The Colloquium attracts multiplicity of specialist, academics, scholars and start-Ups entrepreneurs and Tech companies in both the UK and the Middle East. It will feature a Keynote Speech by Professor Mike Robinson, the Chair of the Ironbridge International Institute of Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham. The event comprises three scheduled presentation sessions, followed by two Roundtable Panels by world experts in the field of virtual heritage as well as representation from Egyptian governments and academic institutions. 

Find out more about the project by visiting http://www.virtualheritagecairo.com/.


You can view the colloquium programme here