ScSy22 29 – 30 October 2022, Udon Thani, Thailand
Theme for the 2022 Scientific Symposium:

RELIGIOUS HERITAGE : Celebrating and conserving places of religious and ritual Significance in a global world and in changing climates   

In the context of the ICOMOS annual meetings, the ICOMOS Advisory Committee will organise its 2022 Scientific Symposium on 29 and 30 October in Udon Thani, Thailand, on the theme “Religious Heritage: Celebrating and conserving places of religious and ritual significance in a global world and in changing climates”.

Religious heritage is a living heritage which greatly impacts the way people go about their daily life. The Covid-19 pandemic in particular has brought changes to patterns of worship and the use of religious heritage places, for instance due to limits in attendance numbers at ritual ceremonies, requirements for social distancing, development of on-line worship. Nevertheless, its religious and ritual significance has not diminished for communities.

Climate change and its effects – such as changing temperatures and seasonal climate patterns, floods, droughts, extreme precipitation events, unseasonal rain, snow and wind, melting glaciers – are having an impact on the conservation, protection and management of religious heritage – places of religion and ritual.  Existing conservation and management plans, especially long term planning, needs to be revised. The recognition and response to these issues vary widely based on the traditions and customs of religious and/or ethnic groups.

5 Sub-themes

Significance of Places of Religion and Ritual

  • The significance of places of religion and ritual is recognized in different ways across the world, according to religions, regions and ethnic groups.
  • Case studies or comparative studies on the perception of the significance of places of religion an ritual across religions, regions and ethnic groups are invited.          

Influence of Climate Changes on Conservation, Protection and Management of Religious Heritage

  • How do communities recognize and respond to climate change across different religions and regions in the world.
  • Experiences, examples or case studies on the implementation of  protection, conservation and management measures for religious heritage are invited.

Changing Use and Perception of Places of Religion and Ritual following the Covid 19 Pandemic

  • The response to the Covid-19 pandemic has varied across countries, religions and ethnic groups affecting patterns of worship and ritual in different ways.
  • Proposals exploring such trends and their possible future development – will they continue or not after the end of the pandemic – are invited.


  • What are the long-term impacts on the practice of pilgrimage?  

Reuse of Religious Heritage places

  • Case studies on issues related to changes of use and original function of religious heritage places; use by a different religious group; conflict potential and management, are invited.






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