International Symposium “Negotiating Intangible Cultural Heritage” was held in Osaka, Japan

Participants of the Symposium

IRCI hosted an international symposium “Negotiating Intangible Cultural Heritage” from 29 November to 1 December at National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka in cooperation with Minpaku, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan.

This symposium started with a keynote speech entitled “Negotiating Intangible Cultural Heritage with regard to UNESCO and ICTM in Central and Southeastern Europe” by Mr Svanibor PETTAN, Professor of University of Ljubljana (Department of Musicology, Faculty of Arts), Slovenia/Vice president of International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). After that, 12 researchers from 9 countries gave presentations on each case study through the three-day symposium under the theme of;

session 1. Re-contexialisation of Heritage and Community

session 2. Defining Heritage Locally

session 3. Collaboration and Intervention

session 4. Museum and Revival of Culture

The report of this symposium will be published in March 2018 by IRCI, and the collection of essays based on the symposium is expected to be published in 2019 by Minpaku.

※This symposium was organised under the project entitled “IRCI Researchers Forum on safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage” to promote the research which contributes to the safeguarding of ICH in the Asia-Pacific region.

☆Please see the leaflet for further information.


  • Leaflet of the Symposium

  • Keynote Speech by Prof. PETTAN