Quebec City 2016

Program / Conference Agenda

For a full schedule of all events and presentations, see here

Dear participants of the conference « ICH : 10 Years After the Entry into Force of the UNESCO Convention »,

We thank you for your contribution ; we received a very large number of proposals. We look forward to greeting you at Laval University in Quebec City from May 19th to 22nd. In anticipation of this upcoming event, we invite you to take note of the following information:

Registration : before May 8th, 2016 (Fees increase by 20% after this date)
Please note that all participants must register in order to be included in the program. For those who have not yet done so, there are two options:
1) on the website :
2) by check to the order of « Université Laval- Colloque ACEF » sent to :
Laurier Turgeon
CELAT, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines
Local 5173, Université Laval
Québec, QC, G1V 0A6, Canada

The registration fee includes access to the conferences, coffee breaks, receptions, simultaneous translation on May 19th, the visit of the Huron-Wendat Museum in Wendake on May 20th and transport to the museum.

- Students, artists, artisans, retirees and no income : $ 65 for conference registration / $ 105 with the banquet
- Professors, professionals, civil servants, etc. $ 155 for conference registration / $ 195 with the banquet


The Amerindian banquet will be served on Friday night, May 20th at the First Nations Hotel-Museum, Wendake, with 2 choices of menu (fish/meat, with appetizer and dessert, coffee/herbal tea). Thank you to indicate your choice of menu before May 10th and your food allergies or restrictions if any. Transportation to and from the Hotel-Museum is included.

Participants are responsible for booking their accommodation.
We suggested 3 places for accommodation (Hôtel Universel, Hôtel Classique, UL residences) which are the closest to the campus,

Participants are responsible for transportation to their accommodation.
The airport is located 10 km from the campus (about 15 minutes), by taxi.
Participants arriving by bus or by train, should get off at the Ste Foy bus or train station and take a taxi or a bus (800 or 801) to their hotel or residence.
For parking on campus: daily or weekly permit :

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The procedure is fast and simple ; the application has to be filled online before your departure at :

The program will be sent to all registered participants. We have taken into account your specific requests regarding the schedule of your presentation. If you have not yet informed us, please let us know.

Alotted times for presentations will be 15 minutes for round-tables / 20 minutes for conferences + 10 min. for discussion. Given the high number of participants, it will not be possible to exceed this time.

Technical requirements

Participants presenting powerpoints are requested to upload them on USB device and hand them to the members of the technical team prior to their presentation. Thank you for notifying us in advance of any specific needs.


Feel free to bring along your favorite musical instrument to be part of the open mic event on the evening of the 19th.

We trust that this event will be an enriching experience for all participants and we look forward to welcoming you in Quebec City!

The Conference Team

2016 Call for Papers: Français / English

"Performing Intangible Cultural Heritage: Frictions, Alliances, Affections"

Hosted by the Canadian Network for Intangible Cultural Heritage (CNICH), the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC), the Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM), The Canada research Chair in Intangible Culture Heritage, the Institute for Cultureal Heritage of Laval University (IPAC) and the Centre for Culture, Art and Society (CELAT)

May 19th-22nd, 2016. Quebec City, Canada

International interest in intangible cultural heritage (ICH) has grown rapidly since UNESCO adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003. Now signed by more than 160 countries, the Convention has facilitated worldwide recognition of living cultural heritage, including music, dance, theatre, storytelling, languages and dialects, rituals, occupational and ecological knowledge, oral history, and foodways. Scholars, political stakeholders, media workers, museum curators, community leaders, performers, and other creative actors are increasingly concerned with the preservation and creation of ICH as a means of promoting sustainable tourism development, revitalizing communities, fostering cultural diversity, and developing new museum practices. Proponents of the Convention maintain that the treaty has helped establish a new legal and political apparatus in which individuals and communities now have a prominent place. They argue that this shift in juridical terms has facilitated new perspectives on how living traditions are made, institutionalized, transmitted, festivalized, and expanded through transcultural alliances. On the other hand, critics counter that ICH policies have often failed to adequately engage local communities in the process of establishing hierarchies of value. Moreover, they point out that the idea of cataloguing living heritage relies on an outdated and relatively static understanding of culture, one that can easily be manipulated to exclude as well as include in the name of tradition. Debates surrounding the Convention are therefore lively with multiple points of view. This meeting will serve as a platform for discussion and dialogue on issues that cut across ICH, its frictions, alliances, and affections.

Deadline for submissions January 3rd (midnight)

CSTM Emerging Scholars Program


Past AGM Minutes

Minutes from past Annual General Meetings are available:

AGM 2014
AGM 2013

AGM 2012
AGM 2011
AGM 2010
AGM 2009
AGM 2008
AGM 2007
AGM 2006
AGM 2005
AGM 2004
AGM 2003
AGM 2002
AGM 2001
AGM 1998

The following links are to online versions of Canadian Folk Music Bulletin, in which meeting minutes were published. Please scroll until you find the minutes:

AGM 1999