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The research-oriented summer school EMMEH 2024 is a strong 60-hour training programme focusing on the fundamental aspects of the conservation, restoration and valorisation of cultural heritage situated in the region of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea, in the Middle East and in Europe.

Particular emphasis will be laid on preventive conservation, archaeology and excavation sites, climate change and its impact on heritage, new forms of museological mediation – with a strong accent on the renewable development goal.

  • 34 hScientific Lectures, Workshops and Visits
  •  6 h Scientific Research Project
  •  3 h Introduction to the French-Speaking World
  •  13 h Cultural Visits & Social Events
  •  1 h Haut-de-France: A Dynamic Environment for Researchers
  •  3 h Welcome & closing sessions


#heritage, museums, archaeology, excavation sites, conservation, restoration, mediation, exhibitions, climate changes, sustainability, risks, innovation, digital solutions.

Programme At A Glance

Please note: this programme may be subject to minor modifications.

Scientific Lectures, Workshops & Visits (Provisional Programme)

Minor modifications to the programme may occur.

The scientific curriculum will include the following lecturers:
  • Prof. Philippe ABRAHAMI
    University professor of ancient near eastern history and archaeology, head of the Ancient Worlds Master’s programme at the University of Lille.
  • Ass. Prof. Laura BARATIN
    Professoressa ordinaria specialised in heritage conservation and restoration at Università Degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo (Italy).
  • Ass. Prof. HDR Thomas BEAUFILS
    Associate professor focusing on heritage and memory practices in northern Europe, notably specialised in preventive heritage conservation at the University of Lille.
  • Ms. Barbara COUTURAUD
    Director of the Amyan archaeological mission and person in charge of the Louvre Museum’s ancient Mesopotamia collections.
  • Mr. Julien CUNY
    Curator at the Louvre Museum in charge of Iran from the Iron Age to the Sassanid Empire, he works on the structures and decorations of the Achaemenid palaces of Susa, based on the collections of the museum. He also is the head of the French Archaeological Mission in Bahrain.
  • Ass. Prof. HDR Isabelle ENAUD
    Associate professor in contemporary art history at the University of Lille.
  • Certif. teacher Sabrina FORMENT
    Coordinator of the project to produce mediation films in English as part of the Master’s degree in museology at the University of Lille.
  • Mr. Sébastien GONDET
    Archaeologist at the Archéorient laboratory, specialised in excavations in Iran and heritage promotion.
  • Prof. Sandrine HUBER
    University professor of classical archaeology, head of HALMA, University of Lille – CNRS – Ministry of Culture.
  • Ass. Prof. Florence LE BARS-TOSI
    Associate professor with a valuable experience in museums, particularly in Italy, and has taught at the Federico II University in Naples.
  • Mr. Frédéric MOUGENOT
    Curator at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille.
  • Prof. Chang Ming PENG
    University professor of contemporary art history and museology, head of the Master’s programme in art history and the “Heritage and Museums” museology track at the University of Lille.
The scientific curriculum will include the following interventions:
  • Climate Change and Heritage
    A symposium on climate change and its impact on heritage.
  • Mediation and New Technologies
    Presentation of research projects involving mediation with new technologies, such as the Talking Vase (digital mediation system), and Here-Before (augmented reality application) by Christine AUBRY, research engineer and general secretary of IRHiS.
  • Digital Reconstruction of Exhibitions
    Presentation of a research project on the digital reconstruction of exhibitions of Whistler’s paintings.
  • Using New Technologies to Highlight a Medieval Church
    Presentation of how to highlight the value of a medieval church using new technologies by Prof. Étienne HAMON, specialised in medieval art history.
  • eThesaurus
    Presentation of this IRHiS programme about the modeling of medieval gold and silverware pieces (preserved in the museums of Lille and Saint-Omer) by Thibault GUILLAUMONT, cofounder of Holusion.
Visits and partnerships may include:
  • The Louvre-Lens Museum
    Built atop a former mine works, this Louvre of northern France has a unique and innovative museography allowing visitors to wander through more than 200 masterpieces displayed in an open space covering 3,000 m².
  • Louvre Conservation Center in Liévin
    Its primary goal is to protect the French national collections, entrusted to the Louvre’s safekeeping, from the risk of flooding; it is also designed to improve conservation and research conditions. By 2024, the centre will be home to some 250,000 works, making it one of Europe’s largest study and research centres.
  • Fine Arts Museum of Lille
    The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille is the largest fine arts museum in France beside Paris. Its splendid, 22,000 m² building hosts an exciting collection.
  • The Arab World Institute (IMA) in Tourcoing
    A former swimming pool in Tourcoing hosts this beautiful museum, which promotes the cultures of the Arab world through exhibitions, concerts, conferences and educational activities.
  • The Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art (LAM)
    As one of the most important museums in northern France, the LAM conserves over 7,000 works from the 20th and 21st centuries through an innovative itinerary that combines modern and contemporary art with France’s largest public collection of art brut.
  • La Piscine Museum
    La Piscine is a beautiful and rich museum located in Roubaix, and known for being installed in a former indoor swimming pool, with an impressive Art Deco interior.
  • The Plaine Images Hub in Tourcoing
    The Plaine Images is a European hub dedicated to creative industries, acting as a business incubator and accelerator.
  • The Blue Shield France
    The Blue Shield is an international organisation founded in 1996. Its aim is to protect the world’s cultural heritage from threats such as armed conflict and natural disasters.
  • Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France
    The Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF) is responsible for implementing, in liaison with the curators, the policy of the museums of France in terms of research, preventive conservation and restoration of collections. It compiles a large documentation on materials, techniques and the restoration of museum works.

Scientific Research Project

Designed to facilitate your admission to doctoral or postdoctoral programmes in France, the Scientific Research Project will require both personal and teamwork. It will include sessions of tutorials or free discussion with researchers from the IRHiS and HALMA laboratories.

The project will involve the analysis of articles, bibliographical summaries, a presentation of state-of-the-art trends in the chosen research topic and a final project defence in front of the scientific board.

You will have every opportunity to contact teachers/researchers with a view to identify a research project; assistance will be provided in maintaining contact in order to finalise the project up to potential enrolment in the doctoral programme.

Cultural Programme


Gain a richer perspective on the Hauts-de-France region!


The Hauts-de-France region is typified by its maritime and Flemish borders, agrarian economy, ancient trade fairs tradition, former textile and mine industries steeped in the Catholic values of its captains and vivid memory of wounds inflicted by two world wars. France’s youngest region is now renowned for its competitiveness, dynamic cultural and social life, and a unique mix of Flemish cheerfulness and French elegance.

  1. OLD LILLE: Guided tour of streets, squares and monuments of the old town and its beautiful ancient architecture.
  2. CH’TI EVENING: Local cuisine in a traditional restaurant and introduction to the Ch’ti linguistic and cultural specificity.
  3. BRUGES, BELGIUM: Free time in the charming old Flemish city, also known as “the Venice of the North” thanks to its beautiful canals.
  4. FINE ARTS MUSEUM OF LILLE: Visit the exciting collection and splendid building of the largest fine arts museum in France beside Paris.

Introduction to the French-Speaking World

Getting a taste for the French language or rediscovering it.

Spoken by over 300 million people worldwide, French is a beautiful and fascinating language with a rich history and culture. One of the most compelling reasons to learn French is the vast amount of cultural and artistic treasures it unlocks. Besides, knowing French, official language of diplomacy, can open doors to many career opportunities. French is relatively accessible for English speakers, thanks to its many cognates (words that are similar in both languages) that make it easier to build vocabulary and to understand.

An interactive workshop will take the participants through an exploration of the presence and role of French language in the world as well as key linguistic features. Whether they are beginners or intermediate French speakers, the participants will be initiated to basic day-to-day French (greetings, first interactions) or lead to refresh and develop their communication skills.