"Santa Fe plaza about 1850 by Gerald Cassidy, ca. 1930, showing goods being unloaded from a wagon train coming over the Santa Fe Trail. Over time, the plaza was the confluence of important trails/roads: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Santa Fe Trail, The Old Spanish Trail and Route 66".


September 15 to 16, 2022

Santa Fe, New Mexico. UNITED STATES




Cultural Routes make up the connective web of the world’s heritage. They are key elements in tying regions and continents together. In recognition of their importance, the ICOMOS 2008 General Assembly in Quebec City, adopted the International Committee on Cultural Routes (CIIC) Charter on Cultural Routes. CIIC works with other International Scientific ICOMOS Committees to identify and document heritage sites that fall within the multidisciplinary context of cultural routes. CIIC currently has expert members in sixteen countries and aspiring professionals in ten additional countries.

Since the adoption of the CIIC Charter, there have been continued discussions to clarify the relationship between cultural routes and historic roads. Numerous intersections of ideas and terminology have been identified, and in the process historic roads have emerged as a new concept of cultural heritage. This September 2022, the CIIC will hold its Scientific Meeting in the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA. The featured theme will be Historic Roads in the Context of Cultural Routes.

The city of Santa Fe is an ideal location to explore relationships between cultural routes and historic roads. Indigenous people established routes throughout the region, and later Spanish colonists established Santa Fe as a terminal point of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, a cultural route tying the colonial capital of Mexico City to its northern frontier in New Mexico. The Old Spanish Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and Route 66 also converge in Santa Fe, which was designated an UNESCO Creative City in 2005.  + More info

Today heritage involves the idea of movement and transmission of knowledge to new generations. The symposium organizers invite ICOMOS Professionals and Emerging Professionals from around the world to better understand the meaning and importance of cultural routes and historic roads and to identify new voices associated with this research topic, both in-person and virtually. The following themes outline the intended content of the meeting where colleagues will have an opportunity to share their research.

1. Understanding Historic Roads
Definitions/typologies, documentation, significance, integrity, treatment, interpretation
2. Social Relevance of Cultural Routes
Climate change, justice/equity/relevancy/diversity, social media, youth engagement, social values
3. Cultural Routes and their Relationship with Cultural Landscapes
Concepts, geographic and other inter-relationships of the two heritage categories

1. Abstract submission

The extended deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday May 20, 2022.

2. Publication of selected presentations

The authors of the selected presentations will receive a notification no lather by Friday, June 10, 2022 by email ciicicomos.org@gmail.com indicating if their abstracts will be accepted as papers. Papers selected for presentation will be published in a digital format.

3. Submission of papers

Authors must submit their papers by August 1, 2022 to ciicicomos.org@gmail.com, along with registration payment for non-CIIC members through the CIIC official website: http://www.ciicicomos.org/

Papers may be presented in-person or virtually and will not exceed 15 minutes. At the end of each session, there will be ten minutes for questions and comments.

4. Transportation, Lodging and Travel

Transportation, lodging, food and all related expenses will be the responsibility of each participant. Travel, lodging, tentative schedule, and other information to assist with planning your trip is provided here + More info

If you require an official invitation, please notify the symposium organizers and indicate to whom it should be addressed.

The participant grants consent for any photographs taken of them to be used to promote the meeting and committee.

5. Registration 

All CIIC members and non-CIIC speakers and general public are required to register by July 1st, 2022.

  • CIIC members: (Honorary, Expert, Associate, and certificate aspiring): No fee.
  • Non-CIIC speakers: $150.00USD (in person), $75.00USD (virtual).
  • The general public may attend the symposium at no cost. However, each non CIIC member wishing to attend must register on the CIIC web site.

6. Participation certificates

Records of participation as a speaker will be given to registered participants. In the event that a presentation is made by several persons, the record will only be issued to those who are registered.

7. Rights

a. Papers and presentations must be of their own authorship. Papers and presentations cannot contain elements that may damage the intellectual property of a third party.

b. Authors authorize the International Committee on Cultural Routes (CIIC) to use the presentations submitted for exhibition, promotion, and dissemination through publishing in any printed media, always including credits for authors for the purposes of education, promotion, dissemination and fundraising for all CIIC related activities.

c. The CIIC is a scientific committee of ICOMOS, without direct economic resources and its important work is made possible by its promoters, supporters and a number of independent sources of funding, including events such as congresses, conducting publications and fundraising from business sponsors.

d. Each author retains at all times his/her right of authorship over the work submitted and the information contained therein and will always be recognized, announced, notified whenever their work is displayed or disclosed.


1. Abstract submission

Those interested in submitting a paper should submit an abstract in Word format (.docx) that does not exceed 500 words, 12-point Times Roman letter, case-sensitive In spanish, english or french 2.5 cm margins. Include a brief author(s) resume not to exceed 60 words.

The following information should be included before the summary:

  1. Primary symposium theme and sub-theme
  2. Title and subtitle of the presentation
  3. Name of the author (or authors). Name in uppercase and lowercase Last names in capital letters
  4. Five keywords
  5. Institution (University, Enterprise, Public Sector, Civil Organization, among others)
  6. Institution Membership or Position
  7. Address (state, city, country)
  8. Current phone and email

The abstracts for presentation should relate to the themes of the symposium as well as to the doctrinal documents that the CIIC has produced over its twenty-nine years, which can be found on https://ciicicomos.org/en/documents/

Proposals should be submitted via email to ciicicomos.org@gmail.com and labeled with the first word of the primary theme, the first word of the sub-theme, followed by surnames and at the end, and the word “presentation”.

Example: heritage-dignity_ENRIQUEZMARTINEZpresentation

Authors of accepted abstracts to present must register (and pay registration fee if not a CIIC member) by Friday, July 1, 2022 at http://www.ciicicomos.org/

2. Selected papers

Accepted papers will be published in the CIIC 2022 book chapter and must meet the following editorial criteria:

  1. Abstract not to exceed 500 words. Five keywords
  2. The text of the presentation must be written in English, in Word format (.docx).
  3. The text of the presentation will contain on the first page (center justified):
    1. Title and subtitle of the presentation.
    2. Primary theme and sub-theme
    3. Name in uppercase and lowercase last name in uppercase.
    4. Institution.
  4. Minimum length of 4,000 and up to 5,000 words letter size (8 to 10 pages) or A4, plus graphs, pictures, images -all with captions, footnote quotes in Times Roman number 10 – no citations between the text – and references at the end of the document ordered alphabetically with full author names to avoid confusion. All according to UNE Standards 50-104 (ISO 690).
  5. The entire document shall be written in Times Roman 12 simple, justified leading and total margins at 2.5cm.
  6. Subtitles in Italic
  7. Graphics or photographs used in the text must be included in the text, in a maximum definition of 300dpi in jpg or png format