2021 Intangible Cultural Heritage Online Workshop ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development’ (27 Sep – 11 Oct)

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UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is one of the key instruments for facilitating global heritage practice today. While the Convention and its operational directives provide a useful framework for safeguarding ICH at the national and sub-national levels, it is imperative to contextualize the Convention’s concepts and processes according to each unique situation. Consequently, emerging heritage professionals need to become fully conversant in the Convention and what it offers them wherever they may be practicing. They must also explore a wide range of social and cultural issues associated with ICH safeguarding, including ethical principles in working with diverse communities. There is additionally a need for young professionals to situate ICH safeguarding in a broader sustainable development context, to ensure the its continuing relevance and its critically important role in achieving sustainable development goals, as laid out in the 2030 Agenda. It is for these reasons that the 2003 Convention envisioned capacity building as a key strategy for promoting the Convention, as well as for enhancing the effectiveness of ICH safeguarding world-wide.

With a view to build a network of young professionals and practitioners in the field of intangible cultural heritage, UNESCO Bangkok, International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (UNESCO ICHCAP) and Ahmedabad University will jointly organize a workshop that aims to raise awareness about concepts and principles of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The online workshop constitutes an intensive, two-week course that offers a combination of lectures, seminars, discussions and exercises. As an integral component of the workshop, the participants will also participate in this year’s World Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH World Forum), which has adopted the theme ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Creative Industry: Rediscovery of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Fourth Industrial Age’. As a final assignment, the participants will develop a sustainable safeguarding project for an ICH element of their choice.

Selected final assignments will be included in a publication or a virtual exhibition.

Dates and Venue

27 September – 11 October 2021, Online


Register for the workshop by visiting the link below by 10 September 2021.
Online registration: https://forms.gle/5pHZSNtVQf49vaDu7
As part of their registration process, participants must submit a short ‘Expression of Interest’ and a possible case of Intangible Cultural Heritage that they may consider for their final assignment. Selection of participants will be done based on their expressed interest and the possibility of applying their learning to a selected case of ICH.
Registered participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of this workshop upon successful completion of the lectures and assigned activities as per the schedule.


For further information on the content of the workshop:
Dr. Neel Kamal Chapagain
Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University
e-mail: neel.kamal@ahduni.edu.in
For assistance with registration or other administrative aspects of the programme:
Ms. Bharvi Paresh Chheda,
Research Assistant, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University
e-mail: bharvi.c@ahduni.edu.in

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