Intangible Cultural Heritage, Museums & Cultural Policies | International conference
Think of debates on new roles of museums in society, participatory museums, recent calls for decolonizing collections, etc … These debates collide with a growing awareness of other forms and experiences of heritage that we have often overlooked in the past. One of these emerging fields attracting our attention lately is that of ‘intangible cultural heritage’ (ICH) which is embodied by generations of people practicing skills, performances and wisdom and the challenge of safeguarding this ‘living heritage’. And how the heritage field as we know it, may engage in safeguarding or maybe even reinvent itself by doing so. Or should it stay far away, instead?
Heritage work is not on an island of course. On the contrary, it is strongly connected with larger social dynamics and is constantly being shaped and evolving within its political contexts. Therefore policies on culture at international, European, national, regional and local (governmental) levels form a considerable part of the reference frame against which museums are being effectuated. This conference wants to shine a light on heritage policies that are on the intersection between museums and ICH, giving an overview of several experiences in Europe:
What are the effects of the variety of governmental policies – on all levels – for (internal) museum policy and practice related to safeguarding ICH? What can be learned from comparing different strategies and approaches that are being applied in the five IMP project partner countries – Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, France and Switzerland? In what ways are museums engaging and relating to policy in their day-to-day work? Has the UNESCO 2003 Convention been integrated in national heritage and/or museum policies? And how do museums develop sustainable practices on safeguarding ICH, as a result of, or a reaction to, these cultural policies?
The program of this international conference will present a myriad of policy-related contributions on ICH, museums and cultural policies:
- a panel sharing practitioners’ experiencesfrom the field in Flanders
- a keynote by prof. dr.Marc Jacobs on the principle of subsidiarity in relation to ICH and museums
- contributions highlighting international perspectives, from UNESCO and the European Parliament
- national policy perspectives from the five European IMP partner countries
- a series of museum cases stemming from Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, France and Switzerland
- the result of the collaboration between WORD WA(a)R & Africamuseum, initiated by the IMP-project
The Conference is an organization of Workshop Intangible Heritage, in collaboration with FARO and ICOM Belgium Flanders, hosted by the museum Hof van Busleyden (Mechelen - BE)