Safeguarding the Intangible: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Music and Heritage

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Dates: 19-21 February 2014,

Location: Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London

Hosted by: The Asian Music Unit (ASMU)

As economic, technological and cultural change gathers pace across the world, cultural development and the safeguarding of cultural heritage has become a pressing issue for local communities, national governments and international organisations like UNESCO. The ratification of UNESCO’s Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003 has focused international attention on the safeguarding of traditional practices, knowledge and skills. Musical practices have been prominent in those cultural forms that have been recognised as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO since 2003. However, academic research on intangible cultural heritage is in its early stages and applied research is needed to understand current revival initiatives in different parts of the world. The symposium aims to further understanding of different strategies and policies on safeguarding musical heritage and their impact on musical traditions. Through individual paper presentations, roundtable discussions, music performances and documentary-film screenings, the symposium will critically investigate current music revival and safeguarding initiatives in different parts of the world.

The Symposium Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Dr BITHELL, Caroline (University of Manchester)
Dr BROSIUS, Amy (University of Birmingham)
Dr HUGHES, David (SOAS, University of London)
Prof ITO, Nobuhiro (University of Osaka)
Prof KAWASE, Itsushi (National Ethnology Museum, Japan)
Dr MAGUIRE, Simon (Sotheby’s)
Dr MATSUMOTO, Naomi (Goldsmiths)
Dr MILLS, Simon (Durham University)
Dr NORTON, Barley (Goldsmiths)
PEARSON, Lara (Durham University)
PRYER, Anthony (Goldsmiths)
Dr TAN, Hwee-San (SOAS, University of London)
Prof TERADA, Yoshitaka (National Ethnology Museum, Japan)
Prof WAJIMA, Yusuke (University of Osaka)
Prof YOSHIDA, Hiroshi (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)