In the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the Italian Association of Urban History (AISU) and the National Association of Historic-Artistic Centers (ANCSA) organize a series of conferences and round tables on the theme of Italian cities as urban heritage. The aim of the joint initiative is to start a widespread reflection around the cultural heritage that many small and large Italian cities represent, not only as “containers” of cultural heritage but for their tangible and intangible values expressed through diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism, their history and the spaces that keep track of them.
The program provides for coordination of different initiatives, carried on through the collaboration of members of our associations present in several cities, identified as representative of an extraordinary widespread urban heritage. The activities will include conferences, round tables, guided tours and are directed to discuss – on site - the diversity and pluralism of cultures and ethnic groups, of which Italian cities keep track, with additional public engagement initiatives and with training activities for students and doctoral students. To the cities which have joined the program (Siracusa, Brescia, Amalfi, Mondovì, Narni, Saluzzo, Padova, Gubbio), others may be added on the initiative of partners/interlocutors who want to organize in situ an event or a series of coordinated events (conference / round table and travel, according to a flexible model). At the end of the cycle of conferences (among others: Siracusa 12 October; Brescia 26 October 2018, Padova 5 December 2018) the issues raised will be presented and discussed in the context of an intermediate AISU conference in Gubbio (2019).