SIEF is a reaccredited NGO to the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. How does this alignment define or, in turn, complicate our field? What kind of opportunities does it entail for SIEF? What kind of constraints does it generate? RT open for proposals.
The UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) foresees the participation of non-governmental organisations. In June 2018 SIEF was reaccredited by the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention. How does this alignment define or, in turn, complicate our field? What kind of opportunities does it entail for SIEF? What kind of constraints does it generate?
By default, SIEF fosters academic debate on the impact of ICH related and other policies on the ICH safeguarding processes, relying on research work carried out by its members. Many of us are substantially engaged in the critical inquiry of the negotiated or contested heritage claims and of heritage regimes generated with concurrent cultural politics that have profound social as well as economic consequences.
At the same time, we disseminate know-how on the documentation and investigation of ICH, provide expertise in community involvement, and partake in discussing ethical issues for ICH safeguarding. In other words, in the process of monitoring of the implementation of the 2003 Convention we simultaneously seek the related forums of networking, of cooperation, of exchange and acquisition of knowledge.
We propose a lively debate on the envisioned engagement with UNESCO and the ICH Convention framework as well as the assumed on-going interest in the effect produced. This Roundtable will be open for 'provocation/presentation' proposals during the call for papers.
Fabio Mugnaini (Università di Siena)