Ename Colloquium – Second call for papers

Poster Ename

4th Annual Ename International Colloquium
to be held 26-29 March 2008 in Ghent, Belgium

This three-day international colloquium will present a wide range of perspectives on the future of policy, funding, interpretive technologies, and public involvement in the emerging field of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Plenary speakers will include:
Andrew Hall (South Africa), ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Intangible Heritage
Laurier Turgeon (Canada), Canada Research Chair in Heritage, Université Laval
Marc Jacobs (Belgium), FARO – Flemish Foundation for Cultural Heritage
Christian Hottin (France), Ministère de la Culture, Direction de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Mission ethnologie

Programme Themes
Since the adoption by UNESCO of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the public role of this major new aspect of heritage documentation, conservation, interpretation, and community involvement has been expanding, offering both challenges and opportunities to scholars and heritage professionals all over the world.

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.

The 4th Annual Ename Colloquium seeks to enrich this ongoing international discussion by presenting innovative contributions from heritage administrators, cultural economists, archaeologists, historians, educators, and cultural policy specialists – as well as practitioners of traditional intangible heritage – under the following three programme themes:

Theme 1. Defining the Boundary between Tangible and Intangible

Is Intangible Heritage merely a new category of heritage subjects? Or does it represent an entirely new approach that must effectively integrate cu-rated objects, protected places, living traditions, and collective memory? Through examples and case-studies we would like to examine how we can identify the tangible dimensions of Intangible Heritage; the intangible dimensions of Material Heritage; and complexity of their interrelation. Is the concept of Intagible Cultural Heritage merely one of classification, or is it perhaps of an entirely different interpretive quality?

Theme 2. The Challenge: Safeguarding or Facilitating?

The UNESCO Convention defines Intangible Cultural Heritage as being transmitted from generation to generation and constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature, and their history. In light of this dynamic definition, to what extent can we ever capture or safeguard essential expressions of Intangible Cultural Heritage when they are necessarily and constantly evolving? Does this challenge require as much attention to the frameworks of public participation in heritage as to specific expressions or sites? What innovative projects or programmes have succeeded in bridging this gap?

Theme 3. Who Owns Intangible Heritage?

The traditional structures of heritage administration are often focused on a national level. Certainly this is true in the case of both UNESCO conventions (1972 World Heritage and 2003 ICH), where the States Parties are the critical voices. But if Intangile Cultural Heritage is an expression of community identity on all levels, what of local or regional expressions of culture and identity that may actually be in conflict or tension with the State? What role do traditional rituals, art forms, and crafts play in the political, economic, social, and cultural lives of the individuals and communities that maintain them?


The deadline for abstracts for poster presentations, short papers (10 min.) and research papers (20 min.) on the three colloquium themes has been extended until 7 January 2008.

All abstracts 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 colloquium@enamecenter.org . Authors should include full contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax and e-mail address).

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 February 2008.

For questions or requests for additional information, please visit www.enamecenter.org or contact Eva Roels at colloquium@enamecenter.org .

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