Information and Communication Technologies’ Role in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

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May 30, 2021
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Call for Papers for volume 15, n° 1(29)/ 2022

ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies

Information and Communication Technologies’ Role in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

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Guest editors

Ana MELRO, PhD, University of Aveiro, PORTUGAL


Lídia OLIVEIRA, Professor, DigiMedia, University of Aveiro, PORTUGAL


Ana Carla AMARO, Professor, DigiMedia, University of Aveiro, PORTUGAL



Cultural heritage, as well as its relevance for maintaining and preserving societies’, communities’, and peoples’ identity, have been topics of discussion over the past few years (Gomez-Ullate et al., 2020; Gottlieb, 2020). Cultural heritage is defined by UNESCO as using an inspirational tone, encouraging its preservation. Thus, the organization states that “Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” Furthermore, cultural heritage is what keeps entire populations unified, it is the key element that makes individuals feel part of a community.

The widespread knowledge of cultural heritage should allow its maintenance, sustainability and preservation of main material and immaterial cultural artifacts. What is the relevance and the role of information and communication technologies in those practices (maintenance, sustainability, and preservation)? Which technological tools are available to individuals for them to access material and immaterial cultural heritage? What are the best practices already in use for this purpose?

What is intended with this special issue is not only to contribute to the understanding of cultural heritage, to reflect on the potential that communication systems can have for its dissemination and preservation. Assuming, here, a logic of looking to the past. But, equally, to contribute so that present and future generations understand the importance of what, later on, will also be cultural heritage, be aware of it and perceive it as a space where they can find ways to combine communication systems and cultural heritage preservation. Assuming, here, a logic of looking to the future.

By assigning a central role to communication systems in the sustainability of cultural heritage, one intends to receive proposals that focus on the possible ways in which these dimensions are already connected, but also on how it is still possible to do more (considering what has been the technological evolution of the last few years) and how objects, people and memories can be connected.

The innovation of the special issue will be in the contributions received that will combine communication systems and technologies and cultural heritage, aiming to promote its preservation. But also innovative in the analysis that will be made of cultural heritage, looking at the past, but also looking at the future. As well as having in consideration the cultural heritage that is already under construction and to which it is important to ensure that its sustainability is a concern. And, in this dialectic between systems and cultural heritage, highlight the role of individuals, both as creators of cultural heritage and as their guardians.


This special edition is seeking contributions in English or French, either empirical or theoretical, considering the role, function and purpose of the information and communication technologies in contributing for the preservation of cultural heritage.

In doing so, contributors are invited to consider (but not limited to) the following goals:

1) contribute to the reflection around cultural heritage;

2) contribute to the reflection on the interaction between communication systems and cultural heritage;

3) analyze the role of individuals in preserving cultural heritage;

4) understand how individuals, as guarantors of the communication systems development, relate to cultural heritage.

The importance of a special issue in this topic is perceived as the way in which the various possible perspectives (cultural, technological, sociological, psychological, political, among others) can be found in the same and only document. This will be a space where several relevant authors from the fields, with common interests, will be able to contribute to something as important for Humanity, as is the cultural heritage.

Important Deadlines


-       May 30, 2021: submission of the proposal in the form of an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages. The proposal must include a list of recent references and 5 keywords.

-       June 20, 2021: acceptance of the proposal.

-       November 1st, 2021: full paper submission.

-       February 10, 2022: reviewer’s comments to be communicated to authors.

-       April 30, 2022: submission of paper with final revisions (after revisions).

-       July 2022: journal publication.


Full papers should be between 6,000-8,000 words in length. Papers can be submitted in English or French. The abstracts should be in English and French (150-200 words) followed by 5 keywords. Please provide the full names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all authors, indicating the contact author. Papers, and any queries, should be sent to:


Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by e-mail.


Special issue proposed within the framework of the LOCUS project. LOCUS is co-funded by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, through National Funds (PTDC/COM-CSS/29228/2017), and by the European Regional Development Fund, framed in the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation - COMPETE 2020, under the new partnership agreement PT2020 (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029228). For more information, please see