CFP: 4th Annual Ename Conference

The Province of East-Flanders and the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation are pleased to announce a first call for papers for the 4th Annual Ename International Colloquium to be held 26-29 March 2008 in Ghent, Belgium

Re-thinking the Role of Intangible Heritage in Museums, Monuments, Landscapes, and Living Communities

With the adoption by UNESCO of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, a major new field of heritage documentation, conservation, interpretation, and community involvement has emerged. The 78 states-parties who have already ratified or accepted the Convention have initiated national inventories of Intangible Heritage, even as the precise definition, context, and administration procedures for its preservation are still being discussed.

This three-day colloquium will present a wide range of perspectives and predictions on the future of heritage policy, funding, interpretive technologies, and public involvement in Europe and throughout the world.

  • Is Intangible Heritage merely a new category of heritage subjects? Or does it represent an entirely new approach to heritage that must effectively integrate curated objects, protected places, living traditions, and collective memory?
  • What role do traditional rituals, art forms, and crafts play in the life of the individuals and contemporary communities that maintain them?
  • What is the appropriate relationship of Intangible Heritage to other elements of “official” heritage like tangible objects, monuments, and sites?

We are therefore seeking innovative contribution from heritage administrators, cultural economists, archaeologists, historians, educators, and cultural policy specialists—as well as practitioners of traditional intangible heritage—under the following four themes:
— What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?
— Who Owns Intangible Heritage?
— Who Makes Intangible Heritage?
— What is the Social Role of Intangible Heritage?

Abstracts for poster presentations, short papers (10 min.) and research papers (20 min.) on these themes will be accepted until 15 November 2007. They should be a maximum of 300 words, in English, sent either by fax to +32-55-303-519 or by email to Claudia Liuzza at

Authors should include full contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax and e-mail address). Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 January 2008.

For questions or requests for additional information, please visit our website or contact Eva Roels at

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    Jacqueline Martin-Miller
    Contemporary artist.