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Appel à communications: Patrimoine culturel : nouveaux risques, nouvelles réponses

12-13 novembre 2020
Paris, Institut national du patrimoine, amphithéâtre Colbert

Colloque de la direction générale des Patrimoines du ministère de la Culture, en partenariat avec l’Institut national du patrimoine et le CNRS

La manifestation portera sur les « nouveaux » risques pesant sur le patrimoine, entendu au sens le plus large, incluant ses dimensions matérielle, immatérielle, numérique et naturelle. Elle traitera des risques qui sont apparus ou se sont renforcés depuis le début du siècle, résultant de catastrophes naturelles ou de facteurs anthropiques − intentionnels ou non −, sur leur accélération, leur accumulation, leur convergence, ainsi que sur les réponses apportées aujourd’hui par la communauté des professionnels et plus largement, par l’ensemble des acteurs du patrimoine culturel.

Les propositions de communication doivent être envoyées avant le 30 mai 2020.

Elles se présenteront sous la forme d’un texte de 1000/1500 signes.

Les propositions devront être envoyées par courriel à Béatrice Berchon:

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China-South Africa Ethnic Cultural Exchange Workshop at Yunnan University, China in December, 2019

Contributed by ICICH Expert Member, Dr Junjie Su. 

In order to continue the success of the 2018 China-Africa Workshop on the Protection and Inheritance of Intangible Cultural Heritage , Yunnan University held the 2019 China-South Africa Ethnic Cultural Exchange Workshop from 14 to 20th of December, 2019. This Workshop was supported by the Ministry of Education, China and organised by the Cultural Development Institute of Yunnan University and the Research Centre for China-South Africa Peopleto- People Exchanges, Yunnan University. As an Expert Member of the ICICH of ICOMOS, Associate Professor Dr. Junjie SU acted as the Convener of the Workshop.

14 South African artists and scholars attended this workshop, including those from University of Stellenbosch, University of Johannesburg, Durban University of Technology, The University of Cape Town and South African National Gallery. Among other Chinese scholars and experts, Director Guo Hong of China-Africa Institute attended the Workshop. The Workshop was themed on Exchange and Mutual Learning, Sharing and Collaborative Creation. Through activities such as forum, workshop and visits, this Workshop aims to enable Chinese and South African intangible cultural heritage practitioners, artists, scholars, experts and officials to exchange and work together in regard to the protection, use and creative use of ethnic culture, arts, and intangible cultural heritage.

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Special Coverage: World Heritage Day, 18 April 2020

This year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites took place against an historical backdrop that posed new challenges for celebrations. The theme, “Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility,” invited participants to explore the idea of sharing—and its counterpoints, contestation and resistance. For those living in areas under quarantine or social distancing protocols, virtual celebrations through digital tools and social media brought sharing to the fore in a new way. Here, we present some highlights:

World Heritage Day 2020 ICICH Seminar in Jammu and Kashmir, India by Munish Pandit

During the difficult times and lockdowns due to COVID-19, heritage experts and enthusiasts from Jammu and Kashmir, India continued the tradition of celebration of International Day for Monuments and Sites.

View a short compilation on YouTube 

Watch full interviews and messages on YouTube

Read a report on the production of the video documentary

World Heritage Day 2020 ICOMOS-INDIA, by Ananya Bhattacharya

Worldwide the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the cultural heritage sector. A cross section of professionals came together  to raise important questions which need to be considered for exploring the way forward in a webinar titled “Heritage at Cross Roads: Shared Responsibilities”. The program was live streamed in the Facebook page of the event partner Alliance francaise du Bengale and reached out to 3000+ people.

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World Heritage Day 2020 ICOMOS-NEPAL by Monalisa Maharjan

Read the document, “Impact of Pandemics on Cultural Heritage”

A video conference on 15th April 2020.

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Theme Announced for International Day of Monuments and Sites April 18

Every year, on the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS proposes a theme for the celebrations and activities to be organised by the ICOMOS National and International Scientific Committees and by other organisations that wish to participate. In 2020, the theme is Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared responsibility.

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Chaque année, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des monuments et des sites, l’ICOMOS propose un thème central pour les célébrations et les activités organisées par les Comités nationaux et scientifiques de l’ICOMOS, ainsi que par d’autres organisations souhaitant également célébrer et sensibiliser le public au thème proposé. En 2020, le thème est Cultures partagées, patrimoine partagé, responsabilité partagée.

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Cada año, con motivo del día internacional de monumentos y sitios, el ICOMOS propone una temática para las celebraciones y actividades que son organizadas por sus Comités Nacionales y Científicos y por otras organizaciones que deseen participar. El tema de 2020 es Culturas Compartidas, Patrimonio Compartido, Responsabilidad Compartida.

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ICICH Involvement at the 2019 ICOMOS Advisory Committee

ICOMOS Morocco hosted the 2019 ICOMOS Annual General Assembly, Advisory Committee Meeting & Scientific Symposium 12-18 October. ICICH was well represented at the meeting, whose theme was  “Rural Heritage-Landscapes and beyond”

The full programme and details about the meeting are still available online.  The following three presentations by ICICH members are available for download below:



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UNESCO ICH 2019 Report from Bogotá

In 2019, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage met from 9 to 14 December 2019, in Bogotá, in Colombia. 

Many new elements were inscribed on the lists; five elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, thirty-five on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, two elements were selected as programmes, projects and activities that best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention, and finally two International Assistance requests were granted.

The Committee took historic decisions. For the first time since the creation of the 2003 Convention, an element was removed from the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity because it no longer complied with Article 2 of the Convention.

Read more at the links below.

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Access the full details and all documents of the meeting online 


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ICICH members are invited to submit an abstract for the colloquium that ICICH is holding with the Australia ICOMOS National Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage on 3 October 2020 at the Sydney Opera House as part of the ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney this year.

The topic for the colloquium is Intangible Cultural Heritage: Shared Issues at Place – we look forward to papers exploring issues and examples related to:
• How diverse intangible heritage is expressed in shared urban spaces?
• What is it like to bring a community’s intangible heritage to a new place, such as to a new country or from a rural area to a city?

Papers at the colloquium will assist ICICH and the national ICH committees to understand the state of ICH practice across ICOMOS. As such, with speakers’ agreement, we will also be publishing the papers on the ICICH and national committee websites.

Would you please forward your abstract of 200 words in English or French or Spanish by 7 February 2020 to:
Lance Syme and Marilyn Truscott 

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Exploring Intersections between Tangible and Intangible Heritage in Finland

On 28th Nov 2019 a short seminar dealing with the intangible dimensions on tangible heritages was hosted in Finland. Dr Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja (President, ICICH) opened the seminar. She discussed the ICICH-committee, WH-criteria, and she shared interesting case studies. The President of ICOMOS Finland, arch. Kirsti Kovanen had studied all ICOMOS charters and documents, keeping in mind “intangible heritage”. She suggested that Culture-Nature Journey might be a good area for the dialogue between tangible and intangible heritage.

After the opening-speeches we had some philosophical and theoretical lectures dealing with “Material, time and atmosphere of heritage”. The discussion about the possibilities to protect immaterial values of heritage by the Heritage legislation was interesting. Many actual cases are just now not at the tables of civil servants.

Four round tables hosted further discussions under the titles:

  • The original use of heritage, new uses
  • The skillfulness and capability
  • The knowledge and research work
  • Good will, participating, political will

ICOMOS Finland ICH seminar 2019 programme

Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja Presentation

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Workshop on Documenting ICH at the University of Jammu

Maintaining the momentum from the April 2019 panel co-organized by ICICH, the University of Jammu hosted an exhibition “Memory of Movement”, documentary film “Ripples of Time” screening, and a two-day workshop for students of the Centre for Studies in Museology in November 2019. The workshop, “Techniques of documenting Intangible Heritage” was conducted by Munish Pandit, Vice President ICICH. 

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Report on ICICH co-organized panel on Rural Landscapes

As part of World Heritage Day celebrations, ICICH, Sanrakshan Heritage Consultants Pvt. Ltd., and VIRASAT organized a panel discussion entitled “Rural Landscapes: A Paradigm for Heritage” in Jammu, India, on 19 April 2019. The panel focused on the States of Jammu and Kashmir and brought together multiple sectors, including representatives from rural communities, to begin collaboration on a document that can help inform new policies focused on the identification, documentation, promotion, education, and management of rural landscapes. Munish Pandit, Vice President of ICICH was among the event’s participants.

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