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Intangible Heritage and Participation Encounters with Safeguarding Practices

By Marilena Alivizatou Copyright 2022
    162 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    162 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Intangible Heritage and Participation examines participation as an intellectual and operational frame in safeguarding intangible heritage.

    Including case studies from the Netherlands, Belgium, Aotearoa New Zealand, Greece, Peru, Britain, Denmark, Sweden and Japan, the book provides an analysis of safeguarding as a museological framework and further investigates safeguarding practices in participatory research, memory-work and cultural transmission. Drawing on conversations about ‘the tyranny of participation’, the book looks into the complexities of participatory projects on the ground, from community research and collecting to the mapping of Indigenous values in environmental conservation and processes of active remembering of ‘difficult intangible heritage’ of forced migration, political violence and mental illness. Cautioning against the uncritical adoption of participation as a universal ethical discourse, Alivizatou argues that the ethics of cosmopolitanism should guide safeguarding practices at an international level.

    Intangible Heritage and Participation offers an original approach to thinking about and working with intangible heritage and, as such, should be essential reading for academics, researchers and students in, among others, the fields of cultural heritage studies, museology, anthropology and cultural development. It should also be of interest to heritage and museum professionals and anyone else interested in cultural heritage theory and practice.

    1. Safeguarding Intangible Heritage and Participation;  2. Participatory Research, Collecting and Mapping;  3. Working with Memory, Oral History and Testimony; 4. Transmitting Intangible Heritage;  5. Ethical Considerations for Participation in Safeguarding Intangible Heritage


    Marilena Alivizatou holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies from University College London. She is Honorary Lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology. For over a decade she has worked as researcher and consultant on intangible heritage with museums and heritage organisations in Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia. She has a long-standing interest in how the global discourse of intangible heritage is interpreted and negotiated on the ground. Marilena is the author of Intangible Heritage and the Museum: New Perspectives on Cultural Preservation (Left Coast Press/Routledge 2012).