Reflexions on the key dispositif(1) adopted by Unesco’s Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Article 2.3). In these Comments, I initially situate the notion of ‘safeguarding’ in the context of transformations of other preservation instruments which it dialogues and to whose semantic field it belongs. Challenges to its implementation and possibilities opened by this treaty for the protection of what has been designated as ‘folklore and traditional (and popular) culture’(2) are addressed. After offering an interpretation of its textual meaning in the Convention, I seek to explore how this device is articulated to others in this Convention, and to reflect on its possible practical reach.
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The final report of the 2018 Living Heritage Conference is available for download (in French). The conference celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Conseil québécois du patrimoine vivant and attracted over 250 attendees. The report outlines the discussions of the various thematic working groups on elements of intangible heritage in Canada as well as reflections on the use of the Global Result Framework of the 2003 Convention.
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.
Webcast of the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
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.
The use of expertise in the examination of nomination files under the Intangible Heritage Convention
Deacon, Harriet and Rieks Smeets. 2013.The use of expertise in the examination of nomination files under the Intangible Heritage Convention. Report of the researchers meeting on Evaluating the Inscription Criteria for the two Lists of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention, IRCI (International Research Centre for ICH in the Asia-Pacific Region). 10-11 January 2013: Tokyo, Japan.
Beazley, Olwen and Harriet J. Deacon. The Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage values under the World Heritage Convention: Auschwitz, Hiroshima and Robben Island. In J.E. Blake (ed.) Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage – Challenges and Approaches. Builth Wells: Institute of Art and Law. pp.93-107.