This Research Handbook explores contemporary intangible cultural heritage (ICH) from the perspectives of both law and heritage. It questions, probes and interrogates many different aspects of contemporary ICH, including the definitions and legal frameworks designed to safeguard it. In doing so the Research Handbook highlights not only gaps and inconsistencies, but also questions the relevance of the legal framework as it applies to ICH itself.
Each chapter is concerned with a different aspect of contemporary ICH, international treaties and the law, including the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. A diverse range of contemporary examples are explored, ranging from the local and global identity of migrant children, to language and the Berlin techno music scene. Taken collectively, and with its focus on ‘contemporary’ culture, this Research Handbook is a departure from the established discourse that tends to include some forms of heritage to the exclusion of others. The authors challenge the authority of existing legal instruments, expose their limitations and propose innovative ways in which contemporary forms of ICH can be safeguarded, whether via the law or other means.
This innovative Research Handbook will be of great interest to academics researching the legal protection of ICH and the relationship between ICH, human rights, communities, identity and international trade. Those with an interest in the protection of a-typical intellectual property will also find this Research Handbook to be a source of valuable information.
‘This excellent Research Handbook focuses on contemporary forms of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) which are too often neglected in current discussions. The Research Handbook is varied in its geographical scope with case studies and examples drawn from countries as diverse as the UK, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Zimbabwe amongst others. It explains the framework of contemporary ICH, the major debates within the field and how use is being made of ICH in many different areas such as minority politics, trade, human rights, copyright, cultural landscapes and by national governments as well as local communities. This is an important book for anyone seeking a thorough understanding of the law and politics of contemporary ICH and the often uneasy co-existence of global, national and local interests and policy making in this field.’
– Christoph Antons, Newcastle Law School, Australia
‘This remarkable interdisciplinary collection is a tour de force. The stellar cast of authors offers unique critical discourses on how tradition, heritage, and contemporary culture interact with each other and with cultural policy and law including intellectual property and human rights – as viewed from both international and communitarian perspectives.’
– Uma Suthersanen, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
‘This Research Handbook provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary discussion on a number of important aspects of intangible cultural heritage. It considers not only matters of (legal) definition and problems of protection or the notion of “protecting”, but also issues like human rights, identity of individuals and communities, or the preservation of living cultural heritage in art and language. This volume is a must-have for academics and policymakers, including for those who are not lawyers but need to deal with them.’
– Andreas Rahmatian, University of Glasgow, UK
Contributors: L. Belder, J. Blake, M.R. Blakely, A.E.L. Brown, J. Brown, N. Chipangura, L. Colomer, C. Cummings, Y. Donders, A. Figaroa, S. Harding, L. Lixinski, F. Macmillan, M. Pavis, J. Schofield, V. Vadi, A. Vaivade, J. van Donkersgoed, C. Waelde.
Edited by Charlotte Waelde, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, Catherine Cummings and Mathilde Pavis, The University of Exeter and Helena Enright, Bath Spa University, UK.