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This Roundtable will bring together scholars, community members and government officials involved with UNESCO ICH programs, articulating ideas for expanding the engagement of ethnologists and folklorists in policy, practice, and networking.
Non-governmental organizations represent a third sphere in society, possessing an independence and a relationship to stakeholders lacking in government and the private sector. Their embodiment of civil society is of especially critical importance for the ICH field, which has an outsized role for government. SIEF is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in creating Europe wide networks and a stronger collective voice for scholars, specialists, and community members for ICH activities associated with 2003 UNESCO Convention.
This Roundtable will include participants deeply engaged with ICH through NGOs, governments and the UNESCO secretariat. It will explore how SIEF could potentially act to convene and establish networks among diverse stakeholders from throughout Europe, providing collective representation of trained experts lacking in Europe as a whole. What are the unwritten norms of conduct and best practices of scholars involved in the work of the UNESCO 2003 Convention? How could this knowledge base be extended, adapted, and transmitted to students and emerging professionals in our fields? How could the status and experience of ethnologists and folklorists play a more prominent role in policy-making at both national and international levels, informed by scholarship in our disciplines and shaped by partnerships with community-based practitioners and culture bearers? Approaches to be explored include expanding our role as a forum for discussing scholarship, policy and practice; disseminating resources for policymaking and safeguarding grounded in ethnology and folklore scholarship, and developing ICH curricula for primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Accepted contributions:Session 1 Saturday 10 June, 2023, -
Lubica Volanska (Slovak Academy of Sciences)