By Kristin Kuutma (auth.), Lourdes Arizpe, Cristina Amescua (eds.)
A decade after the approval of the UNESCO 2003 conference for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural historical past (ICH), the idea that has won broad attractiveness on the neighborhood, nationwide and foreign degrees. groups are spotting and celebrating their Intangible history; governments are devoting vital efforts to the development of nationwide inventories; and anthropologists and pros from varied disciplines are forming a brand new box of research. the 10 chapters of this booklet contain the peer-reviewed papers of the 1st making plans assembly of the overseas Social technology Council’s fee on learn on ICH, which was once held on the Centro local de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias (UNAM) in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2012. The papers are in response to fieldwork and direct involvement in assessing and reconceptualizing the results of the UNESCO conference. The record in Appendix 1 highlights the details raised through the sessions.
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As everyone knows who has been involved in negotiating policy documents, each word in the resolution or convention is filtered through very intricate considerations of various forms of knowledge and forecasts of political outcomes. Putting an idea and a text up for scrutiny by representatives of governments and peoples, in fact, gives such policy texts an underlying richness and a political legitimacy that no other kind of document can claim. When such negotiations are thinned out, for many reasons, words and proposals lose reflexivity and their contradictions increasingly complicate operational practices.
Given this relationship, anthropology turns necessity into virtue’’ (2011: 21). Such simplifications are then, however, carefully analysed according to disciplinary theories and discursive metonymies. In contrast, the texts of international normative instruments must answer to a very wide range of types of discursive acts and political outlooks, to mention only the most important factor influencing international policy negotiations. Over and above this complexity, any international convention must arrive at a consensus in a most succinct and prudent text.
The point in citing these statements is that they gave us members of the Commission a much nuanced view of the possibilities of focusing national and international policies on new guidelines for the safeguarding of the diversity of world cultures. The Report of the Commission established the background for many of the international cultural initiatives taken by UNESCO and its member states at the beginning of the new century. 2 A New Concern for Living Cultures As mentioned, concern for the safeguarding of living cultures began with the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of the Natural and Cultural Heritage in 1972.