The Call for Papers is now closed and the conference programme published.

Academics as well as practitioners who deal with manors in different European countries are welcome to join the discussion and to share their experiences with a diversified audience. The aim is to enable both facing the challenges of manors’ preservation and using the available opportunities with an expanded awareness, knowledge and horizons as well as to create a broad basis for further dialogue.

Contributions from the following disciplines and areas of expertise are welcome:

  • spatial development and planning,
  • rural planning and tourism,
  • heritage protection and governance,
  • cultural and heritage tourism,
  • destination development, management and marketing.



The evolutionary socioeconomic changes in Western Europe as well as the revolutionary turns in Central and Eastern Europe have contributed to a shift in the role of properties, which had originally been built as private land estates of the nobility. Concerns have increased, but new opportunities have also emerged.

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These processes have been accelerating over the last decades due to the restructuring of land use and land property. Even urbanization and depopulation have, to a different degree, been affecting rural regions and their historically grown spatial and built structures. Maintaining the most valuable historic manors and castles has become a more and more challenging task.

At the same time, especially this category of objects is one of the most powerful foundations for all kinds of strategies in tourism planning, or – to express it more broadly – in the spatial development of whole regional entities. Indeed, several leisure, knowledge and experience-oriented developments in the society provide new chances for the manorial heritage.

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The question arises as to what extent an interrelation can be observed between “soft” and “hard” frameworks and factors, which provide more audience and more capital for the distinguished pieces of rural heritage.

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As “soft factors” we can name the growing role of the aestheticization and individualization of social life, which in short means an increasing mobility and a search for unstandardized leisure wishes (being away, enjoying historic gardens, etc.).

“Hard factors” are understood to mean the gradual increase of financial involvement due to the creation of touristic infrastructures or creating permanent residences by people who work independently in remote services.

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Governance in tourism and spatial planning (macro-level)

On a “macro”-level we want to ask to what extent “heritage governance” strategies in different European countries are coming from the top of the planning authorities and putting special emphasis on manors and estates and how do they work?

Horizontal interconnections and lobbies (meso-level)

On a “meso”-level there is the question to what extent the existing manorial attractions can be horizontally interconnected and create cooperative lobbies and networks with relevant offers for tourism and creative industries.

Strategies of individual development (micro-level)

Finally on a “micro”-level there is the question how an individual manorial place can be developed and interconnected with the local, regional or supra-regional audiences in a bottom-up manner?


According to this multiscalar approach, three conference sections should be created. Each section can contain few presentations only (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussions). Therefore, the excellence of applications as well as the experience of the potential contributors will be crucial for choosing the conference contributions. At the moment, we are particularly looking forward to contributions to the macro-level conference section.

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Abstracts in English of max. 300 words (references excluded) as well as a brief biographical note with your title and institutional affiliation can be sent via e-mail or contact form (see below). The deadline for abstract submission is 20th May, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent in early June, 2018.

The selected contributors can be exempted from the conference fee (99 Euro). The organisers are currently applying for additional funding. The contributors will be informed about the possibility of reimbursement of their travelling expenses as soon as possible.


Header image: A manor in Normandie, France © Creative Commons CC0