Travelling cultures, creating new geographies through intangible cultural heritage (IUAES Commission on Intangible Cultural Heritage) 
Cristina Amescua (National University of Mexico UNAM)
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Movement, Mobility, and Migration
University Place 3.204
Tuesday 6 August, 9:00-10:00, 11:00-12:00 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

This panel will explore the following issues linking Intangible Cultural Heritage and migration: (1) how mobility influence immigrant's ICH in sending and receiving communities. (2) how does ICH produce or hinder settlement processes in receiving areas and sending communities when migrants return

Long Abstract

According to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural heritage (ICH), (UNESCO, 2003), "intangible cultural heritage" "means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills - as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith - that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. …."

Migration processes involve changes in space, territory and environment. People from different cultures meet in new contact zones (Mary Louise Pratt, 2005) thus increasing their awareness of cultural diversity. Immigrants generate transnational practices linking their original territories with the reception areas, and when immigrants engage in a mobility process they do so, carrying their own cultural baggage

This panel seeks to explore two different types of issues linking ICH and migration: (1) how mobility and resettlement processes influence immigrant's ICH practices both in sending and receiving communities. What changes and continuities might be observed in ICH practices and manifestations when its bearers become migrants? How is ICH affected by a permanent or a temporary resettlement process?. and (2) how does ICH produce or hinder settlement processes in receiving areas as well as in migrants' sending communities when they return. Issues discussed here will be related to how ICH contributes in facilitating the processes of recognition and cooperation, in receiving communities, of immigrants from similar regions of origin? How do ICH practices transform social and cultural spaces in the receiving areas? How do ICH practices influence the creation and promotion of spaces of conviviality with people in the receiving society?

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