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The Management of Cultural Heritage : Questions of Vocational Training

La gestion du patrimoine culturel : questions de formation

The Management of Cultural Heritage : Questions of Vocational Training

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Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2013


À l’occasion des 20 ans du Master Professionnel (ancien DESS) « Histoire et Gestion du patrimoine culturel » de l’UFR d’histoire de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, un colloque scientifique international est organisé les 23 et 24 mai 2014 en Sorbonne. Cette manifestation réunira chercheurs universitaires et professionnels de la culture pour une étude collective et interdisciplinaire de la gestion du patrimoine culturel en France et en Europe, son histoire, ses acteurs et ses enjeux contemporains. La rencontre vise à articuler, pour la première fois sur cet objet, une perspective historique sur l’introduction des méthodes de la gestion dans le secteur du patrimoine culturel, une approche socio-politique des professions et des compétences requises aujourd’hui par les employeurs publics et privés, et une réflexion prospective sur les effets des transformations à l’œuvre dans le domaine, aux échelles locale, nationale et européenne.



On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the professional Master course “History and Management of Cultural Heritage” proposed by the History department of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, an international scientific conference will be held on the 23rd and the 24th of May 2014.

This event will bring together university researchers and professionals working in the cultural field for a collective and interdisciplinary study of the management of cultural history in France and Europe, its history, actors and contemporary challenges. The conference intends, for the first time on this specific theme, to provide a historical perspective for the introduction of management methods in the sector of cultural heritage, a socio-political approach of the professions and skills required today by employers in both the public and private sectors, and a reflexion on the potential future effects of transformations underway in the domain, locally, nationally and Europe-wide.

The principal theme chosen for the conference concerns the question of the vocational training provided by the University for the future administrators and managers in the heritage sector. In the course of the last ten years, we have witnessed a burgeoning of professional training courses, of which the Diploma of Higher Specialized Study (DESS) created at Paris 1 in 1993-1994 was a pioneer. In the literature, arts, humanities and social sciences departments, these courses have specialized in professions related to the cultural sector, the administration and the management of cultural enterprises. The aim of the conference will be to compare these new academic courses with the evolution of the job market in the heritage sector in terms of their nature, legal status and of their integration in the institutions, while also focusing on the missions entrusted to the young professionals. Around these questions, the conference hopes to encourage a productive dialogue between two groups of actors, university teachers and researchers on the one hand, and managers of cultural heritage working in the public and private sectors on the other.

Within the University of Paris 1, the question of “heritage” interests all the disciplines grouped in the university departments: history and art history, but also geography and tourism, economics and management, as well as law. This conference will thus be a valuable opportunity to reflect on our research, training and teaching programmes aimed at Master students in particular, be they research or vocationally oriented. Comparing national and international experiences will enable us to examine the specificity of the Parisian university in this domain and to broaden the horizon of possible options when the time comes to reflect on modifications in the future, and will enrich the debates.

Within the framework of this general perspective, three dimensions will be foregrounded in the papers presented at this conference:

1- What does “managing” the heritage sector signify? Discounting the idea that the sector is somehow impervious to an approach informed by economic logic, the specificities and resistances evident in the sector will be examined. What paradigms can be invoked to grasp the peculiar complexity in this field between logics emanating from the commercial and the public sectors? The research work of economic and management specialists makes it possible to reflect on the introduction of certain management practices and their repercussions on professional practices. But it is worthwhile considering the phenomenon from a historical perspective: when and how did cultural administrators appear? A prosopography of those who manage cultural institutions and bodies needs to be established with a view to characterizing their university background and “profiles”, but also in order to analyse the role played by internships, fixed-length contracts and international experience in the insertion of students in the job market. And lastly, the feminisation of these professional bodies, with its attendant question, that of the parity between men and women, is an issue that that deserves attention.

2.- How have the courses and training on offer to future heritage managers evolved? It is worth sketching out a first appraisal of the sharp rise in the number of different vocational training courses devoted to professions involved in the cultural sector. Is this a response to a structural evolution of the cultural job sector, or a blurring of boundaries and identities, a « diagonale du flou » as Claude Patriat and Isabelle Mathieu put it? Similarly, the diversity of disciplinary horizons involved needs to be examined: these courses, which mix academic knowledge and practical skills, are dispensed by university departments specializing in law, the economic and management sciences, as well as the humanities and social sciences. What knowledge can the Universities marshal and transmit to the young students who will soon find themselves on the job market, and how can one assess the different contributions made by disciplines as diverse as history, art history, sociology and economics, management and law? If a vocational training has to be “interdisciplinary”, how can the dialogue between the disciplines and members of a particular group of teachers be envisaged?

3- How does the present context redefine these notions of management, heritage and culture and what place is occupied in these redefinitions by Europe, by the local and regional authorities, and by private companies? What new demands ensue for young people coming onto the job market? The point of view of professionals, who are direct witnesses of these contemporary changes, will be appreciated here; what profiles are sought after today and why?

Submission guidelines

Papers can be given in French or English. They can either present a historical or contemporary synthesis concerning a question examined by the conference, describing the evolution of a particular sector of cultural heritage and raising questions about the forms of vocational training in today’s universities; or they can focus on a particular case study, and present the results of a survey or an analysis, be they local, national (non-French examples are very welcome) or international in scope.

Proposals should include a title, an abstract of between 1500 and 3000 signs and some biographical details of the author. They should be sent to the following address: colloque.gestionpatrimoine2014@gmail.com

before October 30th.

The proposals will be examined by the scientific committee of the conference whose appraisal will be communicated to participants by the end of November 2013.

For any further information please feel free to get in contact by writing to: colloque.gestionpatrimoine2014@gmail.com and julie.verlaine@univ-paris1.fr

Scientific Committee 

Anne CONCHON (MCF histoire moderne, Université Paris 1), Florence DESCAMPS (MCF, École Pratique des Hautes Etudes), Françoise DOCQUIERT (MCF, Arts plastiques et sciences de l’Art, Université Paris 1), Robert FOHR (chef de la mission mécénat, Ministère de la culture et de la communication), Xavier GREFFE (professeur d’économie, Université Paris1), Jean-Marie LE GALL (directeur de l’UFR d’histoire, Université Paris 1), Nicole LEMAÎTRE (professeur émérite d’histoire moderne, Université Paris 1), Philippe MAIROT (Conservateur en chef du patrimoine), Laurent MARTIN (chercheur, Sciences Po Paris), Sophie MOURAÏ (conseillère, ProfilCulture), Philippe POIRRIER  (professeur d’histoire, Université de Bourgogne), Fabrice REY (consultant en développement local, Groupe Amnyos Consultants), Anne-Catherine ROBERT-HAUGLUSTAINE (directeur adjoint du Jardin des Sciences de l'Université de Strasbourg), Jean-Michel TOBELEM (directeur d’Option Culture), et le/la président(e) de MNEMOSIS, association des étudiants et des anciens étudiants du Master.

Organizing Committee

  • Patrick BESENVAL (X-Largo, PAST, Université Paris 1) ;
  • Michèle LARDY (MCF d’anglais, Université de Paris 1) ;
  • Julie VERLAINE (MCF d’histoire contemporaine, Université de Paris 1)

Selective Bibliography

  • Ballé Catherine, Poulot Dominique et Mazoyer Marie-Annick, Musées en Europe: une mutation inachevée, Paris, la Documentation française, 2004, 286 p.
  • Benhamou Françoise, Économie du patrimoine culturel, Paris, la Découverte, 2012 (rééd.), 126 p.
  • Benhamou Françoise et Cornu Marie, Le patrimoine culturel au risque de l’immatériel : enjeux juridiques, culturels, économiques, Paris, L’Harmattan, coll. « Droit du patrimoine culturel et naturel », 2010, 147 p.
  • Benhamou Françoise, Thesmar David, Mongin Philippe, Trainar Philippe, Valoriser le patrimoine culturel de la France, Paris, la documentation française, coll. « Les Rapports du Conseil d’analyse économique, 2011, 167 p.
  • Boudia Soraya, Rasmussen Anne et Soubiran Sébastien (dir.), Patrimoine et communautés savantes, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2009.
  • Coppalle Catherine (dir), Pourquoi enseigner le patrimoine ? Quels patrimoines, quels publics, quels enjeux ? Actes du colloque de Rouen du 9 novembre 2011, Rouen, Région Haute Normandie, Service régional de l’Inventaire, 2013.
  • Daumas Jean-Claude (dir.), Dictionnaire historique des patrons français, Paris, Flammarion, 2010, 1613 p.
  • Greffe Xavier, La gestion du patrimoine culturel, Paris, Anthropos, 1999, 253 p.
  • Greffe Xavier, L’emploi culturel à l’âge du numérique, Paris, Anthropos, 1999, 207 p.
  • La politique culturelle en débat: anthologie, 1955-2005, Paris, Comité d’histoire du Ministère de la culture/la Documentation française, 2006, 211 p.
  • Patriat Claude, Mathieu Isabelle et Poirrier Philippe, L’université et les formations aux métiers de la culture: la diagonale du flou, Dijon, Éd. universitaires de Dijon, 2012, 162 p.
  • Poirrier Philippe, Pour une histoire des politiques culturelles dans le monde, 1945-2011, Paris, Comité d’histoire du Ministère de la culture, 2011, 485 p.
  • Poulot Dominique, Musée et muséologie, Paris, La Découverte, coll. « Repères », 2010.
  • Tobelem Jean-Michel, Le nouvel âge des musées: les institutions culturelles au défi de la gestion, Paris, A. Colin, 2010 (rééd.), 324 p.


  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013


  • formation, patrimoine, gestion, culture, orientation


  • Julie Verlaine
    courriel : julie [dot] verlaine [at] univ-tours [dot] fr
  • Colloque Gestion du patrimoine
    courriel : colloque [dot] gestionpatrimoine2014 [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Jlie Verlaine
    courriel : julie [dot] verlaine [at] univ-paris1 [dot] fr


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