Call for Papers on Living Heritage Series ‘Traditional Martial Arts’

Call for papers on Traditional Martial Arts as ICH ⓒ ICM

The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP) and the UNESCO International Centre of Martial Arts (ICM) are welcoming papers for the Living Heritage Series—Traditional Martial Arts as Intangible Cultural Heritage from 5 February to 11 April 2020.

As a UNESCO category 2 centre dedicated to ICH, ICHCAP has organized the publication project to increase the value and raise awareness of traditional martial arts as ICH. And, as the only UNESCO category 2 centre in the field of martial arts, ICM is collaborating with ICHCAP in the project to disseminate and promote the philosophies and values of martial arts from the perspectives of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The subject of this publication is “Martial Arts as Intangible Cultural Heritage.” Authors are invited to present an application and abstract before 11 April 2020. Applications will undergo a screening process, and the result will be announced at the end of April. Selected authors will be asked to submit a full paper in July according to guidelines to be provided. Final papers will be published in October 2020 as the fourth volume of the Living Heritage Series.

The abstract should be approximately 500 words and reflect challenges and experiences in safeguarding and transmitting traditional martial arts as well as the significance and value of such heritage. The full paper should be between3,500 and 4,000 words and written in English. Only articles that have not been published or posted in any other form previously will be accepted.

This call for papers is open to the general public. Authors wishing to contribute an article should submit an application and abstract via the project email address (
For more information about the call for papers, please see the attachment.