CaTCH – Capturing the IntAngible of Cultural Heritage

23 October 2023
Hybrid Conference: Online & Maribor, Slovenia


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Important dates

Submissions open: 1 September 2023

Deadline for poster abstracts (500 – 1000 words): 20 September 2023
Extended Deadline 29 September 2023

Notification of Acceptance:  2 October 2023

Cultural Heritage (CH), whether tangible or intangible, along with contemporary creation, is the unifying thread of the past, the present and the future of our societies. Besides offering knowledge about the past, our interaction with CH comes in the form of experiences that: raise awareness about ideas and values, instigate emotions, as well as foster reflection and communication. A holistic approach towards unleashing CH’s full potential includes a variety of actions, from research to active citizen participation and cross-sectoral diffusion. Specifically:

  • Study of the past. Activities in this dimension include the systematic study of historical data, as well as, the interpretation of CH artifacts in their era.
  • Study of the present. The interactions of citizens with CH, ranging from museum visits to participation in performances and other contemporary creations, become stimuli to study and understand human behaviour.
  • Public engagement/ (civic) education. The knowledge and interpretations gained through the study of CH, can be exploited to design the tools that encourage public engagement, and (educational) activities that cultivate tolerance and foster inclusion.
  • Storytelling. Often intangible cultural knowledge is incorporated in stories – stories about tangible objects or cultural actors, but also stories about cultural values (e.g. fairy tales).
  • Innovation. Digital technologies and computational methods, allow us to systematically capture and embody the accumulated knowledge and data. In turn these activities are not only fed-back to actions within the CH domain, but can also contribute to transferring this knowledge to other sectors, including AI and policy-making.

Naturally, each of the aforementioned actions faces many challenges, including curation and multilingualism, collecting data from the wild, linking different data sources, reaching-out to diverse communities, interconnection and interoperability of methods and knowledge. The goal of the CaTCH conference is to gather scholars and experts from various fields involved in the process of capturing and diffusing knowledge and experiences related to CH, in order to promote inclusive and forward-looking practices within the actions on cultural heritage.

Call for Abstracts

We are inviting abstracts (500-1000 words) that will be presented at the poster/demo session of CaTCH.

Topics and issues to be addressed include but are not limited to:

  • Annotating values and other abstract constructs in CH
  • Storytelling about CH
  • Capturing human behavior (emotions, beliefs, values) during the interaction with CH
  • Values awareness though CH
  • Citizen Curation
  • Citizen Education and other educational activities in CH
  • Approaches and technologies for cultural engagement
  • Digital Technologies and inclusion in cultural heritage
  • Data Infrastructures and Curation for CH
  • Linking intangible & tangible CH data
  • Artificial Intelligence and CH
  • Moral values and Artificial Intelligence
  • Moral values and Policy making

Submit your abstracts here

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Maribor University Library

Gospejna ulica 10, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

Tentative Conference Programme

Time Activity Speaker
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome TBA
09:45: 10:30 Talk (TBA)
10:30 -11:30 Talks Session 1: Interaction with CH through experiences 
11:30 -12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00

Talks Session 2: Impact to other domains

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
13:30-15:00 Poster session
15:00-17:00 CaTCH Workshop – World Cafe:

The role of digitized intangible cultural heritage for European research, policies & practices*

End of event



* In the context of Curation of digital assets and advanced digitisation, many European actions (e.g. actions under DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-12-2018-2020) and initiatives have created methodologies and methods that aim at FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) knowledge databases in CH. The scope of the workshop is to engage the involved stakeholders and to discuss the state-of-the art of these actions and initiatives. The ultimate goal is to identify the opportunities, as well as the barriers, towards interconnecting the various efforts into an accessible and interoperable framework.


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