Quebec City 2016
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 Moreover, they point out that the idea of cataloguing living heritage relies on an outdated and relatively static understanding of culture, one that can easily be manipulated to exclude as well as include in the name of tradition.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)
Minutes from past Annual General Meetings are available:
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: