Call for papers ASCE 2019 Ghent on use, reuse and shared use of cemeteries.

Submission deadline: March 1st 2019

We welcome your submissions on any of the following thematic areas:

A. Mapping of values and social interests

Methodologies for valuation: the research and the used methodology are at the centre here.
Which values do historical burial grounds consist of?
Are the values of active cemeteries different from those of closed cemeteries?
What methods and considerations are involved to determine the values of a historical cemetery, a person, the park design, fauna and flora?
Are the results of these studies comparable and usable in the context of scientific research and decision making?

Social desiderata: public engagement is often a crucial element in the success or failure of heritage conservation.
Who are the stakeholders and what are their wishes?
What are the desires of the next of kin and the mourning?
Which other social groups use heritage cemeteries and what do they expect of that public space?
Which methods are to be used for those enquiries and what are the conclusions?

B. Putting valuation and social desiderata into practice

Best and worst cases of larger or smaller cemeteries demonstrate how the primary function of remembrance together with the values of heritage, desires and responsibilities can lead up to a specific vision for the future. In order to find out to what extent this vision is feasible, a few questions need to be asked:

How can we translate the value assessment and the stakeholders desiderata into a masterplan for the future?
Is the primary function of remembrance reconcilable with the values and desires of various groups of users?
How do we decide which values take precedence over other desires?
Do we rank our care for the dead differently against the heritage experience in an open cemetery than in a cemetery closed for future burials?
What are the experiences of a shared use of cemetery grounds? Where lie the boundaries of the permissible?
Are financial resources defining instruments in the decision making process concerning maintenance, decay and restoration?
And what if no decisions are made? Is the maintenance of a heritage cemetery more justified if more stakeholders are using the site?
How does citizen participation fit within this vision of the future?
What are the experiences with the reuse of heritage graves?
Can relatives contribute to the maintenance of heritage cemeteries? If so, how?
Do we challenge the citizens enough in taking responsibility for the space they use? How do we facilitate citizen participation in the management vision?
How willing are we to hand over responsibilities and where lies the boundary between the responsibility of the owner and citizen participation?


Abstract submission instructions:

  • The scientific board selects the abstracts of the papers based on their relevance for the conference theme.
  • Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Abstract text length should be maximum 4.000 characters and should be submitted in English.
  • We welcome both practical and academic presentations.
  • Maximum lecture time: 20 minutes.
  • The main language for the conference, abstracts and papers is English. There will be no simultaneous interpretation.
  • The scientific board has the right to publish the name of the author, the title, the paper and the abstract. Further instructions will be given later.
  • Selected papers that will not be held as a lecture, can be presented within a poster session. Modalities will be given later.
  • Please note that there will be time for questions and answers. The discussion will be in English.

Submitting an abstract of your paper is not longer possible now. Submission date was March, 1st.


The scientific board consists of:

Dr. Andreas Demey (City of Ghent, Parcs and Public Gardens Service)
MSc. Sophie Derom (City of Ghent, Heritage Buildings and Architecture Service)
Dr. Tamara Ingels (Free University Brussels, Grafzerkje vzw)
MSc. Joeri Mertens (Flanders Heritage, president of the Scientific Board Ghent2019)
Dr. Andreea Pop (Scientific Representative ASCE)
Dr. Linda Van Santvoort (University Ghent, Epitaaf vzw)
Drs. Peter Van Wichelen (Province of Eastern Flanders, Department of Heritage)
MSc. Anne-Marie Verhofsté (City of Ghent, Heritage Buildings and Architecture Service)