‘The Convention for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: Resistance, Challenge, Opportunity’ Professor Mairéad NicCraith, Institute for Northern Studies

As part of the INS Public Seminar Series Professor Mairéad NicCraith will present ‘The Convention for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: Resistance, Challenge, Opportunity’ was on the 11 May 2022. Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is an umbrella term used to describe living or dynamic traditions from stories to songs, from crafts to dances to dry-stone wall construction. It also includes traditional ecological knowledge about the universe. Since it entered into force in 2006, 180 states parties globally have ratified the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. However, the UK Government has failed to do so. This has meant that, to date, government efforts to safeguard heritage at both UK and Scottish levels has focused overwhelmingly on built or tangible heritage. Building on a growing awareness in Scotland – led by the Scottish Government – of the importance of ICH to the cultural life of the nation, this seminar explores the reluctance of Anglophone states to ratify the Convention, as well as the challenges and opportunities that are missed in consequence of this resistance.

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