Introducing the Conference Convenors

We are pleased to take this opportunity to introduce the Conference Convenors for Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence, both of whom are looking forward to receiving abstracts at the close of our call for papers on 9th April 2018.

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Michael Mail

Chief Executive, Foundation for Jewish Heritage

Michael Mail studied law at Strathclyde University in Glasgow followed by Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Brandeis University in Boston.  He has had a 35 year career in the charity sector with senior roles in several leading UK-based charities.   Michael sits on the Executive Committee of UK-ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites), the Governance Committee of the Brussels-based ‘Future for Religious Heritage’, and was Vice-Chair of Jewish Heritage UK.  Michael assists the European Association for the Promotion of Jewish Culture (AEPJ) on its cultural routes programme under the Council of Europe, is a Trustee of the Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust, a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, and sits on the Editorial Committee of Jewish Renaissance magazine.  Michael is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage.  He is also an award-winning author with three published novels.

Find out more about the Foundation for Jewish Heritage

Professor Mike Robinson

Professor Mike Robinson

Director, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Mike Robinson is Professor of Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham UK and Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, a major inter-disciplinary research and graduate Institute at the University of Birmingham. Mike is also a Trustee of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and World Heritage Site. For the past 25 years Mike’s work has spanned the broad fields of heritage and tourism and he has published numerous books, articles and chapters on the various ways in which the realms of heritage and tourism collide. Recent books include Tourism and Emotion with David Picard (Ashgate), Encounters with Popular Pasts with Helaine Silverman (Springer) and World Heritage, Tourism and Identity (Ashgate). Mike has worked with UNESCO at national and international level relating to the agendas of World Heritage, tourism and sustainable development and cultural diversity. He is a former member of the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO and regularly advises on policy issues. He was a Government appointed member of the UK’s Expert Panel to determine the UK’s Tentative List for World Heritage and part of the UNESCO Expert Panel to assist with the development of a Programme in World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism. He is a former Visiting Professor at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy and is Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Illinois. Mike has undertaken work on heritage and tourism in over 30 countries.

Find out more about the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Conference Partners

We are also delighted to be working in partnership and in association with a range of organisations for the development and delivery of this important conference. To find out more about the work of these organisations, please click on the image below.

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