The date is approaching for the 21st INCUNA International Conference (25th – 28th September) on “Geographies, geometries and employment in industrial heritage”.

The new venue this year is the Espacio Cultural at the Escuela de Comercio de Gijón, which boasts some great facilities right in the town centre and whose easily accessible location will also give you the chance to enjoy and take part in the town’s daily life. It will host the opening act and the work sessions, along with nearby Cultural Centre Antiguo Instituto Jovellanos (

Please find attached a .pdf file with all scheduled activities and lectures. Sessions are to be held from Wednesday 25th in the afternoon, until Friday afternoon, and on Saturday 28th we will take a tour of the industrial, ethnographic and natural heritage of the area.

There is still time to attend and sign up, if you so wish. Please check all relevant info at

After the presentation of a few papers, Miles Oglethorpe, president of TICCIH, will attend the opening act on Wednesday 25th. Chilean filmmakers
Daniela Quinteros and Marcelo Becerra will then present the screening of their film OFQUI, la conquista de lo inútil. Right at the same venue, we will also visit the exhibition entitled “TRACKS (Memory)” Iconos de la Memoria industrial”, which displays photographs of sites included in UNESCO World Heritage List taken by some 190 international photographers.

About 200 participants from 15 countries will be attending the event, where they will share their inspiring experience and outlook. This year’s objective is to have more time to present and debate the papers so as to allow reflection on the current state of industrial heritage as well as some networking in the academic, cultural and institutional circuits and the argumentative activism for the defense of industrial heritage by civil society.

Supplementary activities start on 24th September and include the 16th International Photography Exhibition and the screening of feature films and documentaries on industrial heritage and cultural landscapes, as well as book presentations, such as Resiliencia, Innovación y Sostenibilidad del Patrimonio Industrial, containing the minutes for the 20th Conference.

From 25th to 28th September, the timetable will also include the 2nd Documentary Film Festival ICC Incunafilmfest 2019, with Chile as this year’s guest country and a selection of documentaries and company films dealing with or revaluing cinema as a means to communicate and disseminate those values inherent to industrial heritage.

On Thursday 26th at 20.15, the conference hall at Escuela de Comercio will hold a very special screening of the documentary El Canal de Castilla (1931), the first audiovisual work on industrial heritage to be listed as Bien de Interés Cultural (National Asset of Cultural Interest), while guitar player Montserrat Ardévol plays live music inspired by the film.

All the films will be screened at Escuela de Comercio, Antiguo Instituto Jovellanos and Ciudadela de Capua in Gijón from 25th to 29th September; please find films and times at Entrance is free.

If you haven’t already, please send your inscription form specifying whether you wish to join us for the industrial and cultural field trip on Saturday 28th to various heritage sites such as the industrial and mining landscape in Llumeres (Gozón) and Sargadelos Ceramic Factory. It also includes a tasting of some gastronomic heritage in Ribadeo and a visit to preindustrial iron industries in A Pontenova and Taramundi. Finally, we will visit the historical industrial harbour in San Esteban de Pravia.

If you need any help arranging transport or accommodation, or to get discount codes for ALSA and RENFE, please contact us by emailing Carmen Alonso ( or by phone: 00 34 985319385

We look forward to your attendance and wish to share a few pleasant days with you here in Gijón. There is still time for you to sign up and take part in the activities.