Special Session in Association with ICOMOS Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage

The ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage, in association with the Conference, is hosting a special session of papers which will focus on the theme:

‘Tourism and Intangible Cultural Heritage: A Sustainable Relationship?

Papers are invited to consider the nature of relationships which are emerging between communities and cultures seeking to preserve and promote various aspects of their intangible heritage – stories, memories, rituals, dance, song etc. – and tourism. In both urban and rural contexts there are examples of traditions and practices which are under threat from touristic activity. At the same time there are also examples where tourism is implicated in the re-invigoration and preservation of intangible heritage. As is often the case, there are issues of ‘balance’, management and sustainability.

Abstracts should be submitted as per general conference guidelines.

This is an opportunity to examine and present some of the key issues within the context of this special session: the ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage is eager to learn from research carried out in different parts of the world and from different disciplinary perspectives.


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