Educational places UNESCO World-Heritage? – a study regarding the educational function of world heritage sites

Dr. Peter Dippon
First advisor: Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund
Second advisor:Prof. Dr. Jutta Stroeter-Bender (University of Paderborn)


The dissertation has been published here.


„UNESCO-World Heritage“: The topic based on the UNESCO Convention for the protection of the cultural and natural heritage (the "World Heritage Convention" in 1972) has experienced - in addition to a high level of awareness and popularity - a growing importance in educational policy in recent years. Sites awarded the UNESCO-Seal are enjoying special attention in policy and science because of their roots in international law and their meanwhile high international media attention. These UNESCO sites can perform a variety of different tasks next to the collective global responsibility of protection. The spectrum of tasks ranges from event settings over remembrance and memorial functions to the new desired role as an educational center and a place of learning, which sustainability should be promoted. The basic idea of the UNESCO World Heritage program to use selected sites of "outstanding universal values" with caution today and to preserve them as authentic and integer as possible for future generations underlines the required principle of the UN-Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2004-2015.

Within the scope of a status assessment, the German World Heritage Sites, particularly their functions as educational and tourist centers, have been studied scientifically as sample cases (with regard to education and cultural tourism). Using a stakeholder-oriented view, it was analyzed whether, and if yes, with what kind of instruments and through which education-oriented services it is being tried to make the “place of learning world heritage” understandable and tangible.


Examples of the stakeholder and institution based world heritage study 


Project term: 2008-2012

The dissertation has been supported by a Baden-Wurttemberg fellowship from 2009-2012.

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