liverpool worldheritageSome of you may have read my paper delivered at the UNeECC Conference in Matera, Italy, in November 2019. It was entitled ‘Liverpool 2008 World Heritage Site(s): To Keep or To Lose’. It may be accessed via


Call for papers: Participations. Journal of Audience and Reception Studies:Themed section on participatory approaches to Capitals of Culture Editors of the themed section: Dr. Leila Jancovich, Leeds University, Dr. Louise Ejgod Hansen, Aarhus University and Professor Franco Bianchini, University of Hull.

Reasons to celebrate? What are the implications of pitching this potentially scene-changing opportunity as simply yet another ‘celebration’. In just over a couple of weeks, Valletta will officially become European Capital of Culturein 2018. The fruits of this particular labour having survived – in altered, some may even say mangled, form – across various elections and successive governments since 2011, it comes with both cultural and political baggage.

2017 is the official 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. It is also the year in which Aarhus is to be the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) under the general theme of Rethink. What is more, the years leading into 2017 have seen significant global and regional challenges and, not least, a growing distrust in the European project and the very ideas of a unified Europe and international conventions and obligations.