Special Issue "The Impact of COVID-19 on Cultural Heritage"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
On the anniversary of the formal naming of the then novel virus (SARS-CoV-2) and the naming it the disease it causes (COVID-19), it is appropriate to examine the impact the disease has had on the world’s cultural heritage.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a global, cross-sectorial disruptor, with international conferences postponed, public lectures cancelled, museums shuttered, gallery openings abandoned, heritage tourist attractions closed and heritage soundscapes altered. Multiple community lockdowns, travel restrictions and social distancing requirements affected the way heritage professionals were able to exercise their professional work. On the downside, site inspections and necessary conservation and maintenance work had to be delayed. Expedited economic stimulus packages may have streamlined approval processes which affected due diligence in heritage approvals. In other case, the lack of work resulted in staff losses. On the upside, many activities moved to online events and exhibitions, thus potentially reaching a wider audience, yet disembodying the message from the materiality of objects and sites. The pandemic also generated a plethora of material culture and temporary sites worthy of examination and discussion.
This exciting special issue of Heritage will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking for case studies of how COVID-19 affected one or more aspects of the following:
- management of heritage sites
- heritage site conservation
- heritage site maintenance
- heritage tourism
- museum operations
- impact of COVID-19 economic stimuli on heritage sites
- mental health of heritage professionals during COVID-19
Prof. Dirk Spennemann
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Heritage is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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