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Passing on Our Cultural Traditions to Future Generations

A One Day Conference Hosted by the
ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee

Saturday 23 March 2019, Tara Theatre, London

This second ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage conference, building on the success of the first one (held in 2014), is a response to the need for more information on safeguarding cultural traditions. It has also been informed by an Arts Council supported project implemented in 2016/17 by the Committee on “Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Museum Contexts”, and by the report’s outcomes and findings published in October 2018. 

Living cultural and social practices are not static: while being transmitted over the centuries from one generation to another, they have continuously evolved in response to events and to changes to their environment. This process has resulted in the demise of some and in the urgent need of the safeguard of others. Questions regarding records and conservation arise: how and why should living heritage be preserved? More importantly, how would the bearers or practicing communities, who are the owners of these cultural traditions, be involved in the process? How can a culturally aware and inclusive framework be created and implemented?

The Conference will be a platform to explore how practicing communities, civil society, arts and heritage organisations can help to promote and pass on our customs and cultural traditions to next generations.

Speakers to include:

  • Dr Tim Curtis – Secretary of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Living Heritage Entity, UNESCO Culture Sector  (Paris)
  • Marya Burgess – BBC Radio 4 producer for The Listening Project
  • Rosy Greenlees, OBE. Executive Director of the Crafts Council since 2006

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Post-doctoral Fellowship in Heritage Futures

The UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University invites applications for a Post-doctoral Fellowship (2 years full-time) in Heritage Futures.

The UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures promotes future-thinking in the heritage sector (see also We conduct academic research on heritage futures, collaborate with UNESCO and other partners in society, and develop training courses for heritage professionals. Heritage futures are concerned with the roles of heritage in managing the relations between present and future societies, e.g. through anticipation or planning. The duties of the fellow will mainly consist of research on heritage futures, with an international outlook. International applicants welcome.

Apply by 5 April 2019.

More details here: 

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MA Scholarships in Heritage Studies

The TEMA Erasmus Mundus master’s program in heritage studies, funded by the European Union, will be offering 20 scholarships of a value of 30 000 euros for the two year period from September 2019 to August 2021.

Scholarship: 30,000 euros over two years.

Study Program: all students are required to spend the first semester in Budapest (Sept. to December 2019); and the other three at the partner university of their choice (EHESS in Paris, Charles University in Prague, University of Catania in Catania, Italy, or Laval University in Quebec City (Master’s Program in Ethnology and Heritage)

Languages of study: English and French

Co-graduation: Master’s degree in the Erasmus Mundus program and Master’s degree at the university of study.

Deadline for submission of applications: 24 February 17h00

Application forms: available on the website: ​

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PhD Scholarship in Critical Heritage Studies and the Belt and Road Initiative

This scholarship at the University of Western Australia is part of a research initiative on the use of history and heritage to advance 21st Century Silk Roads trade and diplomatic ties across Eurasia and the Indian Ocean Region.

Launched in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to ‘revive’ the overland and maritime trading routes, commonly known as the Silk Roads, for the 21st century. Driven by a highly ambitious language of regional connectivity, BRI seeks to build infrastructure, energy, foreign policy and people-people ties across Asia, Europe and East Africa.

The scholarship focuses on the cultural components of BRI. There is flexibility in terms of its focus, with possible themes including a critical analysis of ‘shared heritage’, or the intersections between heritage and development or international relations. Candidates with fieldwork experience in Asia are encouraged to apply.

Appropriate research and mentoring support will be provided, with excellent travelling opportunities in Asia and/or the Indian Ocean Region as well as to relevant conferences in Australia and Overseas.

Deadline: 05 April 2019

View more details and apply online

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4th CLAT 2019-Taste Paradise-27 April to 04 May

The Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is a non-profit organization specialized in the area of Cultural Landscape and the only institution in Iran that focuses on cultural landscapes interdisciplinary. The Association’s mission is to strengthen the role of cultural landscape in sustainable development in Iran and the region, by building the capacity of all those professionals and bodies involved with cultural landscape recognition, protection, conservation and management in the region, through training, research, the dissemination of information and network building. 

For  more information, you can see the tour webpage:

To review the first workshop and tour see the video:

In the case on any queries do not hesitate to contact us by email: or

Parastoo Eshrati, Assistant Professor, University of Tehran, Iran

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CFP: International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology

Call for Papers: 3rd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology

The conference will be held from 17-21  2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference will consist of three days of paper presentations (17-19) a day of site visits, and a day of workshops (21 June). Registration details will be released in December.

Please go to the conference website for a full list of sessions, and to propose your paper through the online form. While all presentation and proposals must be in English, you are also highly encouraged to submit an abstract and title in the appropriate Southeast Asian language. 

Noel Hidalgo Tan,  Email:

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Colombia to host 2019 UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO has announced that the next annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place from 9 to 14 December 2019 in Bogotá, Colombia. This decision was taken in Port Louis, Mauritius at the close of the thirteenth session of the Committee, which brings together the representatives of 24 States Parties to the UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Committee decides on measures to safeguard oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts, which constitute intangible heritage.

Read the press release.

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Call for Papers – ICOM Kyoto 2019

On 1-7 September 2019, Kyoto will be the city to receive some 3,000 participants to the ICOM General Conference. A flood of discussions and exchange of ideas on museum-related issues will sweep the city during the week. 

ICOM Kyoto 2019 General Conference aims to provide a forum for considering how museums look towards the future whilst respecting the traditions of the past. By creating new functions as cultural hubs, it must be possible to create a richer future – as museums make use of traditional culture, with the theme- “Museums as Cultural Hubs: the Future of Tradition”.

We hope that Kyoto 2019 will be an opportunity to bring participants together from any discipline across the museum and culture sector from all over the world, whether they be academic or professional to come together to discuss topics and case studies relating to the themes.

View the Calls for Papers on the conference website

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Call for Expressions of Interest – ICOMOS GA International Symposium Co-Chair

ICOMOS General Assembly 2020 – Sydney, Australia

Deadline: 15 February 2019

Expressions of interest are invited for the volunteer position of the International Co-Chair of the Scientific Symposium to be held between 5 and 9 October 2020 as part of the 20th Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS in Sydney, Australia (GA 2020).

The GA 2020 Scientific Symposium will be overseen by two Co-chairs; one appointed by Australia ICOMOS, Steve Brown, and the other appointed by ICOMOS international. These positions are voluntary and the Co-Chairs are expected to attend the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in person at own cost (registration, travel, accommodation, etc.). If eligible, financial support for attendance can be sought, for example through the ICOMOS General Assembly Travel Grants programme (but is not guaranteed).

It is intended that the Co-Chairs will be assisted by a small supporting sub-committee, also volunteers, half of which will also be selected following an international ‘Expression of Interest’ process in the first half of 2019.

The theme of GA 2020 Scientific Symposium is ‘shared cultures – shared heritage – shared responsibility’. Within the framework of this overall theme, a range of sessions will be offered covering different subjects, in a variety of formats and of varying lengths. Some sessions may be traditional ‘conference-style’ presentations whereas others may be less formal workshops or facilitated discussions. Building on previous ICOMOS events and responding to the interests of GA 2020 project partners, some sessions – such as the ICOMOS / IUCN ‘Nature-Culture Journey’ and programs that connect selected National Committees of ICOMOS with Sydney’s related multicultural communities – will need to be included, while others will be selected by the Scientific Symposium Co-Chairs and Sub-committee.

A call for expressions of interests will invite proposals for specific sessions and session conveners, papers or other program ‘content’. Selected posters from the Scientific Symposium will be included in a public ‘Heritage Exposition’ to be staged at Sydney’s International Convention Centre during the course of the Scientific Symposium and over the following weekend. The call for sessions, papers and posters for the GA2020 Scientific Symposium is scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019; with the selection announced in late March 2020 following review of all submissions.

The role of the international Co-Chair will include:

1. Liaison with the ICOMOS Scientific Council and Advisory Committee regarding the GA2020 Scientific Symposium; Working collaboratively with the Australian Co-chair to develop the symposium structure and organisation, including calls for sessions and papers, matters relating to timetabling, oversight of assessment of proposals (with the GA2020 Scientific Committee), ensuring geographical representation and development of symposium publications and documents. The responsibilities of the International Co-Chair would commence as soon as possible and be most intensive during 2020, but would continue into 2021 to ensure post-Symposium tasks such as reporting and publication of proceedings;

2. If necessary, on invitation by the GA2020 Organizing Committee (costs covered), attend a planning meeting in Sydney (perhaps in early 2020).

Expressions of interest are encouraged from energetic, experienced and engaged ICOMOS Members who have suitable personal attributes, skills and experience, including: a public profile, appropriate academic credentials, good connections within the cultural heritage sector, experience in conducting similar events and processes, a combination of creative and critical skills, team leadership, demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness, ethical conduct, as well as the necessary time available and energy. Proficiency in French and/or Spanish languages is desired.

Expressions of interest should:

• state the reason why the applicant seeks appointment;
• indicate relevant skills, experience and interest of the applicant;
• indicate commitment to the time available and timeframe required
• include at least one written reference and a one-page summary CV;
• be no more than 4 pages in length (inclusive of the one-page summary CV and reference); and
• be sent by 12:00pm Friday 15 February 2019 to

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