Public Folklore and ICH: Comparisons and Bridges to Build

Robert Baron (Goucher College)

The ICH movement encompasses many practices public folklore has addressed for five decades: inventorying and recognition of traditions, safeguarding approaches and programming, fostering transmission, reflections on intervention and community consent, participation and self-determination. However, UNESCO and ICH stakeholders are largely unaware of public folklore, and vice versa. They have much to learn from each other. This paper will discuss ICH inventorying and public folklore documentation, models of multi-faceted heritage awards, dialogic community engagement, transmission programs and ICH within sustainable development as well as the value for public folklore of heritage scholarship on tourism, governmentality and commoditization.

Part of 24-02 Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part III: Public Practice and ICH Safeguarding through Heritage Regimes, Academic and Cultural Institutions , Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm