Protection of Living Heritage: Implementing New Tools for Heritage Resilience

Dupont, William, Guerra, Claudia and Shea Miller, Shanon (2019) Protection of Living Heritage: Implementing New Tools for Heritage Resilience. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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PART 2. RECOGNIZING INTANGIBLE HERITAGE AND DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES - Intangible Heritage as a Driver of Cultural Landscape Management and Holistic Conservation /// This paper concerns new ideas, strategies and tools for protection of living (intangible) heritage in the United States. Existing approaches to protection of living heritage are reviewed by qualitative analysis. The commonly employed past techniques of heritage conservation, per the current state of practice, are generally inadequate. New initiatives, policies and programs which can be pursued by local municipalities show promise for greater sustainability of culture and overall enhanced resilience of intangible heritage. This paper outlines roles for municipal government in developing collaborative and integrated policies with advocacy groups, institutions and community. Various forms of participatory engagement are described, including cultural mapping and oral history collection to document intangible heritage. Strategies to enhance local businesses and create local jobs are suggested. The end goal of this analysis is to strengthen the value of intangible heritage through best principles of conservation, planning, government programs and urban design. Ultimately, high potential for success is observed, but quantitative data is lacking for analysis of pros and cons regarding each of the strategies and tools. Protection of living heritage in the US is nascent area of both scholarship and practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Dupont, William
Guerra, Claudia
Shea Miller, Shanon
Languages: English
Keywords: intangible heritage; conservation of intangible heritage; cultural policies; governance; municipal government; local level; local communities; community participation; local communities; values; community-based management; sustainable development; social and economic aspects; enhancement; employment; conservation measures; USA
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
N.ANTHROPOLOGY > 03. Ethnology
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 09:19
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 09:27
References: Doganer, S., and Dupont, W.A. (2015) “Accelerating Cultural Heritage Tourism in San Antonio: A Community-based Development Proposal for the Missions Historic District”, International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, vol.10no:1, WIT Press, p.1-19.

Tunstall, T.N., Doganer, S., Dupont, W. A., Long, M., Walter, R., & Martinez, A. (2017, unpublished technical report). “Small Business Market Assessment of Mission San Jose and Mission San Juan and Opportunities for Heritage Tourism.” Sponsored by World Heritage Office, City of San Antonio.

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