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The Network for Promoting the European heritage of sheep farming and pastoral life, CANEPAL, announces
the international conference:

CELEBRATING PASTORAL LIFE; Heritage and economic development

To be held on 11‐12 September 2014
In Athens, Greece.

The conference is organised by

PRISMA – Centre for Development Studies in cooperation with the

Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens and the

University of the Aegean ‐ Cultural and Social Digital Documentation Laboratory


The aim of this conference is to bring together individuals and organisations with an interest in rural cultural heritage to explore and discuss issues that relate to sheep farming and pastoral life, its heritage and legacy, with a focus on the future.  The conference will provide a fruitful ground for networking and improved cooperation among professionals in the field, including ethnographers, educationists, agriculturalists, economists, artists, architects etc, as  well  as  amongst museums  and  other  organisations  devoted to the  preservation  and  promotion  of the  European rural heritage.


  The  conference builds on the results of CANEPAL  ‐  a project  co‐funded by the  European Commission’s CULTURE programme which addresses the issues of preservation and dissemination of a valuable heritage stemming from traditional sheep farming practices, with an eye on the future, exploiting the lessons of the  past. The research  carried  out  by the  CANEPAL  network  in seven  European  countries  focuses  on the  common  European  elements of the  cultural heritage related to sheep  and shepherds  in  an  attempt to  highlight the main aspects of this heritage, and their connection to contemporary questions of economic, social and ecological sustainability of rural areas. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of pastoral life  has been adopted based on a series of workshops and exhibitions held across Europe that demonstrated the entwined nature of cultures among European countries throughout the ages.  The  CANEPAL research  and  exhibitions  have  been  built  around  10  core themes  of sheep  farming  and  pastoral life: 

  1. Handicrafts based on the products of the sheep (wool, leather etc.)
  2. Architecture related to sheep farming activities 
  3. Pastoral life: Everyday life objects, life‐styles 
  4. Transhumance routes 
  5. Landscape and sheep farming 
  6. Cuisine based on sheep products
  7. Oral tradition, myths, legends, celebrations, music and songs
  8. Traditional food technology (dairy products, meat) 
  9. Pastoral life in art 
  10. Rural economy based on sheep farming – tourism, ecology, named origin products 

These  themes  will  be  further  explored  during  the  international  conference,  adding  the  dimension  of  economic development and the prospects for a sustainable future for this dynamic cultural and economic  sector.


Researchers; academics and students; museum staff;  cultural operators and experts; policy makers with  responsibility for cultural heritage, rural development and environmental management; EU‐funded projects;  members of cultural heritage related networks.


  The conference focuses on the following broad topics; 

  •  Aspects of cultural heritage related to pastoral life and economy  
  • Lessons from the past and their application today  
  • Towards a dynamic future of sheep‐farming and pastoral culture

And the following specific topics, that will be the subject of workshops;  

  • Art and artistic crafts  
  • Architecture and landscape  
  • Everyday life, transhumance  
  • Oral tradition, pastoral/traditional music  
  • Food: cuisine and food technology  
  • Rural economy, rural sustainability 

Interested speakers are encouraged to submit abstracts within the above themes. 


The Conference Organisers invite papers related to the topics announced. Innovative contributions that do  not fit the themes may also be considered since they might be of benefit to participants.

  • Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by 30 May 2014 to the following e‐mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Receipt  of  abstracts will  be  acknowledged  via  email.  The  abstracts will  be  considered  by the scientific  committee. 
  • Decisions  will  be  notified to  authors  by  15  June  2014
  • Full  papers,  for  publication  in the  conference proceedings, should be submitted by 30 July 2014.


The Conference is a three day event to be held in Athens on 11‐12 September 2014.

Thursday, 11 September 2014, Conference Day 1:

09:00‐09:30 Registration
09:30‐10:00 Welcome
10:00‐11:30 Plenary session; Aspects of cultural heritage related to pastoral life and economy
11:30‐12:00 Coffee break
12:00‐13:00 Plenary session; Lessons from the past and their application in the present and future
13:00‐13:30 Discussion
13:30‐14:45 Lunch break
14:45‐16:30 Workshops 1, 2:
16:30‐16:45 Coffee
16:45‐18:30 Workshops 3, 4

Friday, 12 September 2014, Conference Day 2:

09:30‐11:00 Plenary session; Towards a dynamic future of sheep‐farming and pastoral culture
11:00‐11:30 Coffee break
11:30‐13:30 Workshops 5, 6
13:30‐14:45 Lunch break
14:45‐16:00 Conclusions panel

Saturday, 13 September 2014, Field visit:

09:30‐17:30 Field visit: further details to be announced on the conference website.

Conference programme, background documents, registration information and poster submission forms will
be available on the conference website:‐news/en‐conferences
Exhibition and demonstration areas will be provided to conference participants for presentation of projects
and products related to the conference themes. Booking of demonstration space is necessary.


Registration for the conference, venue and accommodation information will be available on the conference



Prof. Sotiris Chtouris, Cultural and Social Digital Documentation Laboratory, University of the Aegean, EL
Dr Aikaterini Kamilaki, Dr E. Karamanes,Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens, EL
Prof. Simon Bell, University of Life Sciences, EE
Dr Miklos Cseri, Hungarian Open Air Museum, HU
Dr. Fouli Papageorgiou, PRISMA Centre for Development Studies, EL

The midterm conference of Canepal was held in Paris on 2 March 2012. You can access the conference programme here

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With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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