IRIS Workshop "The Living Rural Heritage of uplands", 6-7 April

The 1st International Workshop of the IRIS project, entitled "The Living Rural Heritage of uplands", will be held on 6 and 7 April 2022. The  workshop will be the first opportunity to present the project to a wide audience of researchers and interested in the topic, and an opportunity to initiate a first discussion with local stakeholders.

The IRIS project (funded in 2019 by the JPI - Cultural Heritage Protection and Use call in the framework of Horizon2020) aims to study Europe’s rural heritage in its complexity (sites, landscapes, tangible and intangible heritage) and to highlight the active and essential role that communities can play in its conservation and protection.

The meeting will include different modalities (conferences, round tables, field discussions) to expand the potential scientific return through comparison and the involvement of local stakeholders. 

Attendance in person at the workshop is free of charge, but for organisational reasons we ask to people interested in partecipating, to register sending your personal details (name, surname, affiliation), to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The workshop will be also accessible online via the link:

The individual days are divided into different working sessions, as detailed in the programme below:


"The Living Rural Heritage of uplands", Locanda delle LAme (Rezzoaglio), 6-7 April 2022 



Wednesday, 6th April 2022


09:00 - 09:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 10:00

Greetings: Fabrizio Benente, Università di Genova - Prorettore alla Terza Missione; Marcello Roncoli, Sindaco di Rezzoaglio; Tatiana Ostiensi, Presidente Parco Naturale Regionale dell’Aveto


Short introduction and general presentation (Alessandro Panetta)



10:00 - 11:30

Session 1  – Landscape of practices: deciphering the construction of rural heritage

Chair: Anna Maria Stagno (Università di Genova)

Aleksandra Kapetanovic (Geode, CNRS - University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès), The living heritage of pastureland architecture: The Katuns of the Sinjajevina plateau (Montenegro)

Chris Dalglish, Aphrodite Sorotou (INHERIT – York Archaeological Trust), Practices and landscapes between Scotland and England: The Northurberland park

Alessandro Panetta, Caterina Piu (DAFIST-Laboratorio di archeologia e storia ambientale, UniGE), Rural landscapes of historical interest: sites and areas in the Eastern Ligurian Apennines

José María Martín Civantos, Jorge Rouco Collazo (MEMOLAb, Universidad de Granada), Water management system as social construction: The Sierra Nevada cultural and natural heritage


11:30 - 13:00

Session 2 – Collecting good practices: protection through use

Chair: Aleksandra Kapetanovic (Geode, CNRS - Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès)

Pablo Domínguez (Geode, CNRS – Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès), Re-appropriating the ownership of the commons and rebuilding their historical uses: the case of Sinjajevina, Northern Montenegro (Dinaric Alps)

Marie Claude Bal, Jean-Paul Métailié (Geode, CNRS - Université de Limoges), Prescribed fire according to global change: between heritage and future

Andrea Costa, Sebastiano Salvidio (DISTAV, Università di Genova), Preserving the living heritage of water management: the amphibious population and their habitats

Enrico Croce (DAFIST, Università di Genova), The role of local actors and communities in the knowledge and memory of the cultural heritage: comparing case studies from Val Brembana (BG) and Ligurian Apennines


13:00 - 14:30




14:30 - 16:00

Round Table 1 - Building new dialogues for the active conservation of rural heritage: methodologies and perspectives

Chair: Ivano Rellini (Università di Genova)

Contribution from

Caterina Gardella (Soprintendenza Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per la città metropolitana di Genova e la provincia di La Spezia)

Paolo Cresta (Parco Naturale Regionale dell’Aveto)

Discussion with


Col. Silvio Ciapica (Carabinieri Forestali, comando di Genova), Paolo Derchi (STAF, Genova), Fabio Negrino (DAFIST), Daniela Pittaluga  (DAD e ISCUM), Mauro Mariotti (DISTAV, UniGE), Roberto Bobbio (DAD), Rebekka Dossche (UniGE), Paola Valenti (DIRAAS), Carlo Montanari (LASA, UniGE).

16:00 - 16.15

Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00

Round Table 2 - Communicating rural heritage: dissemination and social recognition of living rural heritage

Chair: Maurizio Torre (Città Metropolitana, Genova)

Contribution from

Nadia Campana (Soprintendenza Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per la città metropolitana di Genova e la provincia di La Spezia)

Fabrizio Bottari (Consorzio della Quarantina)

Discussion with


Roberta Cevasco (Università di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo), Mauro Agnoletti (Università di Firenze), Silvia Pallecchi (DAFIST, UniGE), Giacomo Montanari (DIRAAS), Diego Moreno (UniGE), Roberto Maggi (LASA, UniGE), Carlo Bertelli (Charta srl), Daniela Minetti (Regione Liguria), Osvaldo Raggio (DAFIST)


Thursday, 7th April 2022


9:00 – 16.00

Fieldtrip to the Agoraie Nature Reserve, Passo Gonnella and Bosco Fontana (Rezzoaglio, GE)

Methodological discussions will continue in the field through visits to places and sites with a different heritage and management history. The visits will take place in collaboration with the Carabinieri Forestali del nucleo di Genova (with whom DAFIST and DISTAV are collaborating in the study of Lago degli Abeti), the Consorzio della Quarantina and the Bosco Fontana family communion of the villages of Cerisola, Villa Rocca and Villanoce.


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