11. Maritime Heritage in Mediterranean Sea

Chairs: Carmen Bizzarri (Università Europea di Roma, Italy), Silvia Grandi (University of Bologna, Italy) and Stefania Cerrutti (University of Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Italy)

Type: hybrid

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and the European Union Blue Med initiative and its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) highlights the importance of “Sustainable tourism and cultural heritage in the Mediterranean” and in the same way the European Convention on the Role of Cultural Heritage for Society of 2005 and the Euromed Rome Charter of 2007 stated that maritime heritage is an integral part of cultural heritage and it proposed a roadmap and priority areas as well as capacity building, including training, education, ocean literacy. The different types of heritage that make up the entire maritime heritage were made explicit: monumental and architectural maritime heritage, historical maritime heritage, floating maritime heritage,submerged maritime heritage,maritime heritage oral and written maritime traditions, musical maritime heritage, maritime gastronomic heritage, maritime archaeological heritage, religious heritage interlinked to maritime and marine cultures and, of course, cultural immaterial heritage.
These highlight the need to find convergences and points of contact between the various disciplines to make maritime heritage a true driver for sustainable development of the Mediterranean Sea, as a place of creation of a koinè, a Mediterranean cultural community that support the circulation of cultural heritage, intercultural dialogue and rooting tourism. Despite a lot of projects has been developed and carried out in the last decades, nowadays the scientists are involving to reach the sustainable development goal SDG14 and constitutes the way for the 2030 Agenda implementation. In this session, the geographers and scientists are called to contribute to develop a “connective tissue” and methodological ground for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches for rethinking the future of sustainable use of Mediterranean Sea and integrate other UN and European Union initiatives for the international cooperation. Furthermore, papers on regenerative tourism frameworks and the use of ICT, digital innovations,on other cultural heritage approaches that project maritime heritage towards net-zero, net positive and positive impact development are welcomed. We, therefore, propose to organize this thematic session focusing on the nexus among cultural heritage, tourism, and seas complex relationships as geographical ‘objects’ through a plurality of critical approaches.

Keywords: Mediterranean sea, tourism, cultural heritage, marittime heritage

Parallel sessions

7th June, Room U6-1e
S11 11:00-12:30 (hybrid)
Chairs: Carmen Bizzarri (Università Europea di Roma, Italy), Silvia Grandi (University of Bologna, Italy) and Stefania Cerrutti (University of Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Italy)

Emanuela Caravello and Giulia De Spuches, Cultural heritage in Sicilian maritime villages: the REIMAR project
Giovanni Modaffari, Artificial reefs in the Mediterranean. Towards a future as a sustainable tourist destination?
Silvia Grandi, Carmen Bizzarri and Michele Ravaioli, Maritime heritage in Euro-Mediterranean policies and projects: nexus among cultural heritage, tourism and seas
Stefania Benetti, Submerged maritime heritage: a case study from the Egadi Islands
Stefania Cerruti, Abdessamad El Jaouzi and Domenico Letizia, Water cultures and heritages in the Mediterranean: a proposal on the wave of the liquid future
Yolonda Youngs, Maritime Heritage, Regenerative Tourism, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites: A Case Study of Historical Boating Cultures and Climate Resiliency in Venice, Italy