UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures

Building global capacity for futures thinking among heritage professionals

Today's heritage practitioners need the ability to understand and navigate in a world of uncertainty and fast change. There are multiple possible futures, and we build the future in our minds and with our actions today. Established in 2017, the UNESCO Chair provides tools for creative and critical futures thinking.

  • Which future or futures do we preserve the heritage for?
  • Which heritage will help future generations solve important challenges?
  • How can we develop futures thinking (and futures literacy) among heritage professionals worldwide?

The book “Cultural Heritage and the Future”, 2021, is an outcome of the research group's work.

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The UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures is a member of the Climate Heritage Network.

Wow! The Future is calling!

Wow! The Future is calling! is a picture book by illustrator Pernilla Frid and Cornelius Holtorf. The content is coming out of Cornelius Holtorf’s  longstanding research at the interface of heritage and the future. The point is to convey the variety and richness in which we can engage with the future. The book gives many examples, both in the way the main characters act, representing three different ways of relating to the future, and in the many details, which surround them. 

What is a UNESCO Chair?

UNESCO Chairs were introduced by UNESCO in 1992. Their aim is to promote international cooperation between Universities and networking in key priority areas of UNESCO. There are today about 700 UNESCO Chairs in the world. 

Logotype of the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures