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ICICH at ICOMOS General Assembly

Thank you to Gabriel Caballero for providing the following photos of ICICH members at the recent 2018 ICOMOS General Assembly and Advisory Committee and Scientific Symposium in Buenos Aires, 4-8 December.

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ICICH members enjoying a meal at ICOMOS-BUE 2018

Museo de Arquitectura y Diseño

ICICH Annual General Meeting Chair, Angel Cabeza

ICICH Annual General Meeting, Marilyn Truscott

ICICH Annual General Meeting attendees

ICICH Annual General Meeting attendees

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Webcast of the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO is transmitting a live webcast of the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee, available on their website and YouTube channel.

The thirteenth session is taking place in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, from Monday 26 November to Saturday 1 December 2018. Over the six days, the twenty-four States Members of the Committee, elected by the General Assembly of the 2003 Convention, are to discuss a number of issues that are important for the safeguarding of living heritage around the world.

Please see the UNESCO ICH website for further details, including copies of the agenda, documents, and all recordings.

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International Conference ‘Water as Heritage’

From 27 to 31 May, 2019, the Taiwan International Institute for Water Education in cooperation with ICOMOS Netherlands and the Centre for Global Heritage and Development of The Netherlands will organize the international conference ‘Water as Heritage’, that will take place in Chiayi, Taiwan – named Formosa since the 16th century – a beautiful island on the Pacific rim as a gateway of Asian continent.

Among the five themes, ICICH will cooperate with CIRAT (Centro Internacional de Água e Transdisciplinaridade, Brazil) about the “Worldvision and Water” panel. 

If you would like to join the panel, please register through the website. Then, you will be requested to submit an abstract (max 500 words) for an article or a poster. 

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Call for Abstracts: Sounding Heritage

Guest Editor: Pamela Jordan

The journal Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, invites abstract submissions for the Spring 2020 issue.

This issue of Change Over Time examines the impact and role of sound in the conservation of the built environment. Contributors are invited to consider ‘sound in heritage’ from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including, (but not limited to): acoustics, affective heritage, archaeology, architecture, conservation, design, disability studies, performance studies, psychology, tourism, and urban planning. Theoretical discussions, case studies concerning particular sites and/or technologies, evaluations of current practices, and policy discussions are welcome. Sound files, sonic visualizations, or web-based media will be considered in support of final submissions.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 4 January 2019.

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The Living Heritage Gathering in Québec

26-28 October 2018

A major happening around the arts of oral tradition (dance, music & storytelling), craftsmanship and intangible heritage will be held at Domaine Cataraqui in Quebec City on October 26th, 27th and 28th. The 2018 Living Heritage Gathering is open to all and will bring together community leaders: artists, artisans, cultural workers, speakers, institutional and government partners, researchers and more. The event is an opportunity to promote networking, highlight the activities of organizations and produce deliverables useful for the community and for decision-makers. More than 35 free cultural activities are also on the program of La Folle Bastringue!

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Un grand happening autour des arts de tradition orale (danse, musique & conte trad), de l’artisanat et du patrimoine immatériel se tiendra au Domaine Cataraqui à Québec les 26, 27 et 28 octobre prochains. Le Rassemblement patrimoine vivant 2018 est ouvert à tous et ralliera les forces vives du milieu : artistes, artisans, travailleurs culturels, conférenciers, partenaires institutionnels et gouvernementaux, chercheurs et plus. L’événement est l’occasion de favoriser le réseautage, de mettre en valeur les activités des organismes et de produire des livrables utiles pour le milieu et pour les décideurs. Plusieurs activités culturelles gratuites sont également au programme de la Folle bastringue!

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Virtual conference: ICH and TVET / Conférence virtuelle : PCI et l’EFTP

Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through technical and vocational education and training (TVET)

29 October to 7 November 2018

Moderated by Panas Karampampas and Wouter de Regt

From 29 October to 7 November, 2018 the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section and UNESCO-UNEVOC will co-host a virtual conference on ‘Integrating the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in technical and vocational education and training (TVET)’. The conference, which comes under the new programme on ‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education’, will explore the links between ICH and TVET.

The conference will be held on the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVeT Forum: an online discussion board where people from around the world can share information and knowledge about different aspects of TVET. Participants in the conference can read and post comments on the discussion boards—over the 10 days of the conference they can participate as much or as little as they like, logging in whenever suites their schedule.

Learn more and sign up on the website

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Food 2019

2nd Global Conference: Food, Heritage and Community
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Saturday 9th March 2019 – Sunday 10th March 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Food and Drink have always been far more than simply sustenance and succor. Forming a fascinating, complex and diverse foundation for communities across the world, the needs, rituals and practices related to food and drink open up important insights and perspectives on who we are, how we live and the ways in which we have and continue to come together.

The second meeting of this inclusive interdisciplinary project seeks to explore how food is perceived, constructed, celebrated and resisted as cultural heritage at personal, regional, national and global levels with a view to forming a publication to engender further collaboration and discussion.

Learn more at the conference website

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Call for papers: Rehab 2019

Submission of abstracts due November 30, 2018

REHAB 2019 is a peer-reviewed conference to be held July 17 – 19 in Guimarães, Portugal

Abstracts may be submitted under the following topics:

  • 01- Technologies for inspection and monitoring of buildings performance and pathologies
  • 02- Seismic behaviour of historic buildings
  • 03- Preservation and rehabilitation of historic centres
  • 04- Preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures
  • 05- Authenticity and built heritage
  • 06- Inclusivity principles applied to historic sites and buildings
  • 07- Preservation of historic buildings and structures
  • 08- Sustainability principles and practices in the rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures
  • 09- Special Chapter: Risk analysis, disaster prevention and post-disaster mitigation in historic centres

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Call for papers: Sharing Cultures 2019

Submission of abstracts due November 15, 2018

SHARING CULTURES 2019 is a peer-reviewed conference to be held June 11-14 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Abstracts may be submitted under the following topics:

  • 01- Oral traditions and expressions
  • 02- Performing arts
  • 03- Social practices
  • 04- Traditional craftsmanship
  • 05- Management and promotion of intangible heritage
  • 06- Authenticity of intangible heritage
  • 07- Intangible heritage and education
  • 08- Special Chapter: Monetising ICH? Tourism and business

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“Los Sismos y El Patrimonio Dañado” un Año Después Coloquio, Dialogos y Talleres

17, 18 19, DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018

La República Mexicana ha sido víctima de innumerables catástrofes naturales, año con año, los fenómenos meteorológicos afectan poblaciones enteras. El patrimonio dañado por los sismos suscitados en septiembre del 2017 y febrero del 2018 debe ser analizado y estudiado por especialistas para conocer sus logros y carencias así como para contar con un sistema nacional de prevención de desastres perfectamente bien definido en el que se incluyan las poblaciones en riesgo con protocolos para prevenir daños humanos y materiales.

Con el objeto de realizar un dialogo entre especialistas nacionales e internacionales, se realizará en la Ciudad de México el Coloquio Internacional sobre Patrimonio Cultural dañado por sismos, en donde con la experiencia obtenida en otros sitios, los expertos en diferentes materias expondrán sus experiencias ante las catástrofes impredecibles.

El congreso tendrá como objetivo conocer los avances tecnológicos, científicos y académicos en prevención y conservación de sitios y patrimonio cultural histórico afectados por desastres naturales.



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