This work package organizes the scientific meetings necessary for the project. On the one hand, two conferences (an inaugural and a conclusive assembly) will focus on exchanging knowledge and information on the manner in which an interdisciplinary Heritage research institution can interact with territories and society in which it is situated. On the other hand, four scientific workshops will focus on building interdisciplinary and participatory scientific skills and expertise.
Training of young researchers
This work package seeks to provide a young generation of students and future researchers with training on Cultual Heritage, taking into account their needs for training, mentoring and scientific exchanges.
The training will provide transversal skills through thematic schools open to all disciplines interested in Cultural Heritage (sociology, anthropology, history, archaeology, environmental studies, migration studies, gender studies, etc.). These will gather international keynote speakers from different backgrounds, as well as students of diverse origins and disciplines. It will also provide students with specific skills, through training sessions involving a small number of students, and lend the consortium's students the opportunity to develop their international networks and visibility.
Observatory of Southern Tunisian Heritage
This work package will be dedicated to creating an Observatory of Southern Tunisian Heritage, with the mission of collecting, inventorying and mapping the region's material and immaterial Heritage, via an interdisciplinary and territorial approach. Co-constructed in collaboration with civil society, the observatory will contribute to improving the comprehension, management and development/promotion of Heritage understood as a common good. This will result in the implementation of a group of participatory tools offering researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Heritage specialists and civil-society organizations the opportunity to join forces for the preservation and promotion of Hertiage as "commons".
The Observatory will focus on Southern Tunisia, with three territories already delimited: the coastal and insular area of the Gulf of Gabès, the Gafsa mining basin and the Jbel Mountains. A central mission of the observatory will be setting up a travelling caravan, to allow the observatory's members to meet with the general public, local officials, academics and civil-society representatives.
Communication and dissemination
This work package will organize dissemination and communication activities according to an effective plan ensuring proper data management and preservation, as well as the provision of suitable communication tools, including digital tools. It aims to ensure optimal dissemination within scientific community, communication targeting Southern Tunisian population and Tunisian stakeholders.
Coordinated by Sfax University and CNRS, this work package will ensure day-to-day management of the project, organize the project's governance and coordinate transversal activities regarding communication, data management, gender and ethical issues. In addition, it aims to train the Sfax University team in the field of project engineering, project management and the European Research Area (ERA).
Under the supervision of an ethics comittee, this work package will deal with ethical issues encountered by the project. It will guarantee informed consent procedures and measures for protecting vulnerable respondants involved in the project, it will ensure the security and protection of the collected data, and handle the risks that the caravan may face on the fieldwork.