Call for Papers

Intangible Cultural Heritage, Museums and Innovation

The conference „Intangible Cultural Heritage, Museums and Innovation: The power of transformation“ will take place at Cité internationale de la tapisserie, Aubusson (France) on February 5 and 6, 2019. This two-day conference wishes to explore the innovating and transformational power/ capacity that intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and its safeguarding brings into museums today, and vice versa. Deadline for submissions is November 9, 2018.
From 2017 to 2020 the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project explores the variety of approaches, interactions and practices on intangible cultural heritage in museums. The conference organizers welcome case descriptions from museums in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland from different perspectives:
  • Examples that are related to innovative ways of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. Important in this respect is the active participation of involved communities, groups and individuals that are the bearers or practitioners of the concerned ICH.
  • Cases in which museums provide incentives for future proof changes in ICH practices, supporting the dynamic character of ICH; and vice versa. How can museums act as catalysts of innovation for intangible heritage, and the other way round?
  • Examples that illustrate how a focus on intangible cultural heritage can have a changing and lasting effect on the development and transformation of museums.
  • Cases that represent shifts from a methodological perspective, related to the museum functions (as described by ICOM). What are cutting edge examples relating to the acquisition, conservation, research, communication or exhibiting of intangible cultural heritage in museums?
  • Cases in which the crossover between ICH and museum practices and expertise would have generated innovative or transformative experiences or outcomes within a wider perspective of sustainable development challenges and solutions we are all facing as humans/society these days (referring to the UN 2030 AGENDA Sustainable Development Goals).
Three museums per country will be selected to attend the two-day meeting. Candidates can find more information about the practical aspects in the Guidelines.
By completing the online submission form by November 9, 2018, elaborating on your inspiring example, you can submit your application for attending the two-day meeting in Aubusson. The members of the IMP Steering Group will assess the submissions and inform you by November 23, 2018 whether your proposal is accepted.
For this call for proposals, the conference organizers take into considerations applications that have as their subject ‘intangible cultural heritage’ as described in the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The submission form can be found on the conference website.