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Ten Years of the Convention of the World Intangible Heritage: North/South Resonances – until February 15, 2014

Editors: Regina Abreu and Paulo Peixoto

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2014

The creation of norms concerning heritage preservation by international and multilateral agencies, where UNESCO stands out in particular, has come to stimulate a globalised dynamics in the field of heritage. The most significant argument relies on the need for preservation of the “different” as an exercise for the protection of cultural diversity, in a world increasingly homogenised. 

In the context of the Convention of Intangible Heritage (2003), in order to react to UNESCO “Recommendations,” diverse Member States initiated active policies, aiming at the identification, preservation, and promotion of distinct categories of heritage, while privileging the notions of cultural singularity and traditional knowledge and formatting a process of “patrimonialisation of differences.”

Departing from heritage policies directed towards a “culture for peace” (as we can perceive it in the origins of UNESCO itself), we arrive at an age of competitive effects between distinct interests. These interests are expressed in policies that often create hierarchies among and distinguish cultures, instead of promoting an inventory of global cultural diversity. In this new configuration, we notice a substantive change in the social relevance of the heritage field at both a national and a local levels, which is manifest by the sprouting of a plurality of new agents in the public scene of heritage: from non-governmental organizations to representative associations of social movements. The objective of this number of e-cadernos ces consists of debating questions such as: Which are the effects of programs of patrimonialisation in local, regional or transnational contexts? Which are the changes for the traditional communities that are facing a process of inventory of its cultural manifestations? Which are the roles of the State and which are the new senses of the public realm in the current configurations of the Cultural Heritage?

This thematic number of e-cadernos CES results from a theoretical debate accomplished through diverse scientific events within a project of Portugal-Brazil cooperation. The volume aims to collect contributions on the resonances, in the North and in the South, of the Convention of World Intangible Heritage.

We also accept book reviews (2 to 3 contributions) of recent works dealing with the issues under consideration. These reviews will be included in the section @cetera.

E-cadernos ces is a peer-reviewed, online and entirely open access journal, published by the Center for Social Studies in Coimbra. The journal is currently indexed in CAPES, EBSCO and Latindex. For more information about this publication see http://www.ces.uc.pt/e-cadernos/pages/en/index.php?lang=EN.

Texts should be presented in final version, in Portuguese, English, or Castilian. Manuscripts may have from 50 to 70,000 characters with spaces, including notes and references. For the final section @cetera, other manuscripts may be submitted (up to 35,000 characters), such as interviews and discussions (up to 25,000 characters) or book reviews (up to 5,000 characters).

Detailed guidelines for submitting texts are available at http://www.ces.uc.pt/e-cadernos/media/Normas_publicacao_e_cadernos_en.pdf. Manuscripts should be sent by email to e-cadernos@ces.uc.pt and authors should clearly identify the thematic issue in question – “Ten Years of the Convention of the World Intangible Heritage: Resonances North and South”.

All manuscripts will go through a blind peer review process.

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