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We extend the deadline for submission of proposals until July 1.
It is possible that some sessions are full at the moment that you send, so you should be aware that, once accepted, your proposal could move to another, with a table of similar theme, always with your consent, of course.

Having held three editions in Spain and Argentina, this year SOPA Congress crosses again the Atlantic to land one more time in Spain, specifically in the town of Zalamea de la Serena (Badajoz province).

The main objective of SOPA Congress is to educate in the common, contacting, facilitating access and transmission to the heritage in rural areas, foster a true cultural democracy. Working in the collective feeling, with people who want to engage with the community, who wants to change the ways we relate to our culture. Emancipate knowledge through the expansion of the knowledge and co-creation of content and methodologies. In this way we will know the different ways of seeing, try and consider the rural heritage as a generator of wealth, enabling local actors to develop innovative and sustainable cultural and economic initiatives within their own territory.

SOPA Congress aims to be a forum for both agents of the cultural sector and other areas that coordinate their actions with heritage (teachers, municipal employees and non-governmental institutions, citizens in general), a place of conversation, theoretical and methodological experimentation, where propose and explore joint action mechanisms. This will facilitate awareness about cultural heritage linked to rural areas and their different forms of management, emphasizing those that include citizen participation in their development. At the same time, developed projects around the world will be exhibited, leading to the knowledge of new ways of working in rural areas that could fit in any country.

Here we show the three formats you have to present proposals to SOPA16. In addition, we also inform the several sessions of the congress to which you can submit.


The communications time will be 15 minutes, with a maximum of 10 images per proposal, plus the cover and the final image.


The maximum time of the recorded proposals will be 10 minutes. Works presented in this format can be either the communication recorded, or video or documentary that shows the development of the project. The video format must be Mp3, Mp4 or AVI. 

The size of the posters will suit the following formats: 1189 x 841 mm A0, or 841 x 594 mm A1. The position of the poster must be vertical and shall contain the congress logo. Both the font and the size of the text are freed, but have to be legible from a comfortable distance. Those people who present posters and assist to the Congress will have to place and retire it when the conference ends. The SOPA Congress organization will not do the posters devolutions.


By the commitment of the SOPA to get involved in social and cultural processes of the territories in which it takes place, will be held a special session for discussion and submission of proposals and reflections about the situation of rural heritage in the region of Extremadura, Spain.

Date: Monday, October  3 in the afternoon
Maximum of proposals for this session: 8


On this seminar we will address the issue of Heritage of the Conflict, understanding conflict as belligerence deeds that has influenced not only on conservation or destruction of heritage, but in the ways it relates with the community. This include material and immaterial heritage that has supposed any kind of misunderstanding between the community and the heritage element or the institution that is responsible of its conservation or management. Wars, spoliation, territory and resources management, native community’s legacies demands, gentrification and actions to defend minority languages and collective memory, are some of the issues that we want to reflect on, reviewing those relations and possible ways of negotiations, as well as putting forward possible proposals related to planning, communication or didactics on heritage.

Date: Wednesday, October 5  in the morning
Maximum of proposals for this session: 10


Coordinated by the International Network of Universities Readers, on this session we want to provide visibility to projects, experiences or reflects related to research, recovery, diffusion and socialization of written memory, languages and rural, literature and theater narratives, as well as everything that can be red, speaks and is written with a heritage value.

Date: Wednesday, October 5  in the afternoon
Maximum of proposals for this session: 8


In this session, proposals will be related to theoretical approaches, reflections, cultural policies, analysis and researches about rural heritage and communities to which it is linked.

Date: Thursday, October 6


This session referes to proposals about implemented or under development projects, developed in rural heritage areas and worked with communities. These projects will be linked, among others, the following topics:

#Built Heritages: architecture, archaeological sites # Art and craftwork # Production and labor heritage # Territories and anthropogenic landscapes management # Traditional music and dance # Believes, myths and rituals # Communitary tourism # Traditional resources management related to agriculture and livestock # Gastronomy # Rural Heritage: teaching and education # Diffusion, divulgation and musealization of heritage elements # Indigenous heritage in rural and rururban areas # Dynamics and actions of labor with communities.

Date: Thursday, October 6 / Friday, October 7


Posters will be on any of the subjects of the sessions. They will remain exposed the whole congress and there will be a moment on which any of the participants who wants it,  can present it on this session.

Date: Thursday, October 6 or Friday, October 7

Foreigners,  general fees

- Proposal registration fee: 45 €
- Other authors who request certificate: 30 €

- Proposal registration fee: 35 €
- Other authors who request certificate: 20 €

Only attendance fee

- General 20 €

Send your proposal filling in this form:

# Submissions of proposals until June 1, 2016.
# Acceptance of proposals between 1 and June 15, 2016.
# Formal registration between June 1 and July 15, 2015.
# Paper submissions to the Congress Acts-book between October 15 and November 15, 2016

Not available until June 1, 2016

# A picture of the authors or project team who signed the article in good resolution (minimum 300 kb) to be included in the article cover.

# The text should not exceed 10 pages, single spaced and body in 10 Arial.

# May be included 10 pictures maximum.

# Images must be sent numbered, in attachment. The location in the text must be indicated by the same numbering, including sub pictures texts.

# Tables and graphics must be sent in .jpg format and will be considered as images as well.

# May include 20 footnotes maximum.

# The bibliographic references on text body must be:
(LASTNAME, year: page or pages) or LASTNAME (year: page or pages).

# The text of the article must be submitted in .doc, .txt or .rtf format file.

# To the bibliography:

Name and Lastame / s (year): Book Title / "Journal Title". Editorial / Journal / Acts. Page / s. If it is information obtained on the Internet, include link and consultation date.

# The admited communications that do not comply with the requirements and deadlines not be published in the Conference Acts-Book.

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