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Intangible Heritage Safeguarding Governance in Asia-Pacific

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On Intangible Heritage Safeguarding Governance: An Asia-Pacific Context

Published in the year of the 10th anniversary of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, this book covers intangible cultural heritage (ICH) governance through an Asia-Pacific context, making reference to the historical development of international instruments guiding ICH policy.

With a review of the 2003 Convention’s development, this work provides an understanding into why the Convention is the way it is, how it is developing, and how to apply it in different situations. Furthermore, dedicating sections to explain good governance and the manner through which the 2003 Convention hopes to influence good governance in the ICH field will help readers understand the major issues and barriers to good governance in this field.

In addition, the case studies integrated in this volume provide tools and context analyze ICH and ICH governance. Overall, the central questions answered in this work are ‘What is governance in terms of ICH safeguarding?’ and ‘How do interactions between global and local governance develop?’ The included experimental strategies for enhancing ICH safeguarding governance offer a glimpse into what may be possible.

Intangible Heritage Safeguarding Governance

Its author, Dr Seong-Yong Park, is an expert and scholar in the field of cultural heritage studies in the Asia-Pacific region, who earned his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, in Heritage Studies. He is currently Assistant Director-General of ICHCAP, a UNESCO Category 2 Centre. He is also Adjunct Professor in Folklore Studies at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea, and Editor-in-Chief of the ICH Courier.

 “…the real value of this work comes from his overview and analysis of international initiatives, such as the Living Human Treasure System and the UNESCO Masterpieces Programme, and their contributions to developing the 2003 Convention.”

Prof. Dawnhee Yim, Dongguk University, Former Member, Unesco’s International Jury for the Proclamation of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

“Going beyond a mere description of various safeguarding practices and government regulations, Dr Park offers his own insightful analyses, evaluations, and recommendations that are fully informed by the most up-to-date theoretical considerations and current practices.”

Prof. Roger L. Janelli, Professor Emeritus of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University

“Dr Park’s discussions of theory and his presentations of case studies in Asia-Pacific countries will surely find use as foundational materials for both academic study and practical guidance in developing policy and regimes of governance for cultural heritage”

Dr Peter Seitel, Senior Folklorist Emeritus of Smithsonian Institution & Former Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University

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