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Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

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Please join us for this online discussion about safeguarding cultural heritage.

This is the first of two Fellow-led MCICH Network events about the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. All are welcome, irrespective of location or discipline. Dr Janet Blake is an internationally respected expert, who will talk about her November 2023 published book “Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage: A Practical Interpretation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention”.

This RSA event clearly has resonance with the “People, Place and Planet in the RSA Design for Life. It is also timely, given the UK Government decision, announced via DCMS last December, regarding ratification of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. You can find out more about the RSA's Design for Life mission here, and the DCMS consultation process here.

After her presentation, Janet will participate in facilitated dialogue, initially with the panel (biographies below), and then they will all interact with the audience via Q&A. This event will also offer a purposeful background for those also registered for our 25th March ICH on-line event, which is similar in format with Joanne Orr and a different panel re her recent book published by Routledge.

Speakers, listed alphabetically andwith additional panel member biographies to follow, are:

Dr Janet Blake, is a Tehran based Associate Professor of Human Rights Law. She has been a member of Cultural Heritage Law Committees of the International Law Association since 2012, and who is on the editorial board of two leading international cultural heritage journals. Since 1999, she has worked with UNESCO on developing, drafting and implementing UNESCO’s 2003 Intangible Heritage Convention and is a Global Facilitator to UNESCO. She has published widely on cultural heritage law.

Dr Paul Mullan is Northern Ireland Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and former Acting Regional Director at the National Trust. Paul’s PhD looked at the ethics of memory in a divided society. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster and Professor of Practice at Queen’s University of Belfast. He sits on the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Panel for the National Inventory of Intangible and Cultural Heritage.

Ms Susanne Schnüttgen is the Chief of the Capacity Building and Heritage Policy Unit in the Living Heritage Entity of the Culture Sector in UNESCO, which also provides the Secretariat for the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003). She leads the Convention’s global capacity-building programme and the intersectoral global programme on Living heritage and education for sustainable development and peace. Ms Schnüttgen furthermore oversees the UNESCO University Chairs programme in the field of living heritage and the collaboration with eight regional specialized centres under the auspices of UNESCO. Prior to her thirteen years of working on the safeguarding living heritage, Ms Schnüttgen has led intersectoral programme work in the Division for cultural policies and pluralism, coordinated UNESCO’s house-wide collaboration with indigenous peoples and served for ten years in the Education Sector at UNESCO Headquarters and in West Africa.

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