Panel 5 Rural Intangible Cultural Heritage

Su, Junjie, Badry Kamel Basuny Amer, Mohamed and Liu, Xuanlin (2019) Panel 5 Rural Intangible Cultural Heritage. In: ICOMOS 2019 Advisory Committee Scientific Symposium - Rural Heritage - Landscapes and Beyond, 17 October 2019, Marrakesh, Morocco. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Rural areas is the place where rural intangible heritage is found rich and diverse, whereas vulnerable to fast social, cultural, political and economic transformations, in particular in developing and underdeveloped areas. Although the concept of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) has been established in UNESCO and accepted by many ICH Convention signatories, it has not been consistently adopted and implemented from international level to local level without divergencies. An analysis of rural ICH is to analyse how rural traditional culture, memories and past are used by different stakeholders for current society. (Re)defining rural ICH is a way to both rethink and develop the existing concepts of cultural heritage held by national and institutional discourses. This panel, which investigates three cases in China and Egypt, will provide evidence and theoretical rethought on the making and use of the concept of ICH in developing countries where the tangible heritage discourses have been well established and the intangible heritage discourse is polemical. These three papers will present diverse and emerging uses and discourses of ICH in terms of conservation, exhibition, commodification, education and musealisation from various perspectives. In particular, this panel will address these issues: 1. How is ICH, or intangible heritage, used in rural areas in the fields of heritage tourism, museum, cultural industries, community development and other purposes? 2. How tourists, (non)-local visitors and other stakeholders contribute to the making of ICH through their cultural practices? 3. How can tangible and intangible heritage be understood and managed in an integrated/holistic approach such as the living heritage approach? 4. Are existing tangible-centred mechanism and managerial tools still useful for rural ICH which relates to local community, tangible elements and the landscape? If not, what improvements should be made?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Su, Junjie
Badry Kamel Basuny Amer, Mohamed
Liu, Xuanlin
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural Landscapes; Rural Heritage; Rural landscapes; Intangible heritage; Theory of conservation; Definitions; Concepts; values; Local communities; cultural tourism; nature culture integration; management; case studies; China; Egypt
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
Q. LANDSCAPES > 06. Agricultural Landscapes
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 05. International organizations
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2019 Advisory Committee Scientific Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 15:24
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 15:22
References: UNESCO: Convention for the Safeguarding of the ICH, 2003.

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Smith, L and Akagawa, N (eds): Intangible Heritage, London: Routledge, 2009.

Akagawa, N and Smith, L (eds): Safeguarding Intangible Heritage: Practices and Politics, London: Routledge, 2018.

Poulios, I: The Past in the Present: A Living Heritage Approach, London: Ubiquity Press, 2014.

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