Abstract - Position Paper: 'Pride, Prejudice, Sense or Sensibility? In Search of the Characteristics of the Relationship between EU, Europe, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums'

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The paper explores the place of the intangible cultural heritage in Europe as a geographical region and within the European Union (EU) as most important regional organization. The first step of the research concerns the legal, political and institutional relationship between Europe as a region, the European Union as most important regional organization and the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Europe. It offers an interdisciplinary analysis of this relationship. The second step focuses on the way the EU policy towards museums takes into account new participatory paradigms, enhancing communities, groups and individuals, being in the heart of the UNESCO 2003 Convention.


Hanna Schreiber, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland. She holds three MA diplomas cum laude: in law, in political science and in history. Since 2013 Schreiber is member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Board in Poland and head of the Working Group on Legal and Strategic Aspects of Intangible Heritage Safeguarding. Schreiber is member of the EU-funded grant (2015-2018): www.heuright.eu, responsible for research on the place of ICH in the EU. She is editor (with Lucas Lixinski) of the “Santander Art and Culture Law Review” (vol. 2/2017), dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the 2003 Convention and of the publication Intangible cultural heritage. Safeguarding Experiences in Central and Eastern European Countries and China (Warsaw 2017).