The 14th ‘Lodz’ International Political Geography Conference and IGU CPG Workshop – Łopuszna 15-17 August 2014

The 14th International ‘Lodz’ Conference on Political Geography and International Geographical Union Commission on Political Geography Workshop – Geographical-political aspects of the transborder conservation of natural and cultural heritage was held in Lopuszna (Poland) between 15th and 17th August 2014.

The organizers were: Department of Political Geography and Regional Studies University of Lodz (Prof. Marek Sobczyński), Silesian Institute in Opole (Prof. Krystian Heffner) and Commission on Political and Historical Geography Polish Geographical Society. The conference was held under patronage of International Geographical Union Commission of Political Geography. The last session of the conference was organised jointly with IGU Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change (Prof. Marek Więckowski).

65 participants from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA, have 32 papers in 6 sessions.

The substantive aim of the conference was a discussion on the transborder conservation of natural and cultural heritage all around the world. Most of all the following problems were considered:

Integration vs peripherality – changes in border regions,

Contemporary changes in border regions – new challenges for political geography,

Geopolitics of borders and borderlands in globalised World,

Transborder conservation of natural and cultural heritage between the EU member and not-member countries,

Contemporary practice in the field of the conservation of natural and cultural heritage all over the World,

The role of Euroregions in the transborder heritage conservation.

During the conference two study tours were held: all-day long to the Slovak part of the historical region of Spis and half-day long tour to the Polish part of this region.

The national minorities on the borderlands were indicated as the necessary topic for the future conferences in this cycle.

The proposal of the organizers to hold the next 15th International ‘Lodz’ Political Geography Conference in September 2016 at Kliczków Castle in Lower Silesia (Poland) and Bautzen (Upper Lusatia in Germany) on Borderlands of nations and nations of borderlands was accepted.

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