The IRCI Researchers Forum will be held on 29 Oct 2021

Taking the opportunity of its 10th anniversary, IRCI is holding the IRCI Researchers Forum “Progress and Challenges in the Research for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage – Towards a Sustainable Future -” on 29 October 2021.

1. Objectives

The issues related to the safeguarding and transmission of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) are drawing wide public attention today amidst the growing importance of sustainable societies. In the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, research has been noted as an important measure for safeguarding ICH. As a Category 2 Centre of UNESCO, IRCI has conducted various research projects for such safeguarding in the Asia-Pacific region. This IRCI Researchers Forum aims to discuss the progress, recent trends, and future of research in the field of ICH in the Asia-Pacific region with various experts, focusing on the themes that IRCI has covered over the past 10 years, including the issues of ICH in the context of disaster risk management and SDGs, which are the contemporary challenges of the world today.

2. Date

29 October 2021 (Fri.)  13:00 – 18:00(JST)

3. Format:

Zoom Webinar (Registration is required. Please see below for registration.)

4. Programme

13:00 Opening Remarks
13:10 Congratulatory Speech
13:20 Session 1: Progress of the major issues in ICH safeguarding, reflecting on major research projects by IRCI
Facilitator: TERADA Yoshitaka (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
NOJIMA Yoko (IRCI, Japan) IRCI’s Research Projects: Achievements and Challenges
Harriet DEACON (University of Cape Town, South Africa) Research for the Safeguarding of Endangered Intangible Cultural Heritage: Some Thoughts Reflecting on the Last Decade
Meredith WILSON (The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Australia) Reflecting on the Statements and Recommendations of IRCI’s ICH Safeguarding and Disaster Risk Management Project
Hanafi HUSSIN (University of Malaya, Malaysia) IRCI Research Data Collection for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Issues, Challenges and Future
14:55 Session 2: Recent international trends and scope for the safeguarding of ICH: From the viewpoint of the 2003 Convention and other perspectives
Facilitator: ISHIMURA Tomo (Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan)
SATO Masahisa (Tokyo City University, Japan) Intangible Cultural Heritage and Human Security in an Age of SDGs
IIDA Taku (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan) Heritage Studies as Public Ethnology / Sociology: Recent Trends and the Issues Concerned with the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Himalchuli GURUNG (UNESCO Beijing Office) Research and the 2003 Convention
16:10 Panel Discussion: Current ICH research and its challenges – suggestions on future research
Moderator: IRCI
17:35 Wrap-up
17:50 Closing Remarks

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5. Language: English (with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese)

6. Registration

Registration (free of charge) is required for participating in the Forum. (Registration deadline: 26 October 2021)
Please click on the link below for registration.    

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the URL link to the webinar. Please contact IRCI if you have difficulties registering online.


Contact :
IRCI Secretariat