Call for proposals 

Two-day conference on ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage, Museums and Innovation’: The power of transformation

Cité internationale de la tapisserie, Aubusson (France); February 5&6, 2019
Deadline for submissions: November 9, 2018

Deadline postponed: November 16, 2018


During this two-day conference, we wish to explore the innovating and transformational power/capacity that intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and its safeguarding brings into museums today, and vice versa.

We welcome case descriptions from museums in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland that address the topic of intangible cultural heritage and innovation / transformation from different perspectives:

  • Examples that are related to innovative ways of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. [For more information on the concept of safeguarding, according to the UNESCO 2003 Convention on ICH: see below.*] Important in this respect is the active participation of involved communities, groups and individuals that are the bearers or practitioners of the concerned ICH.
  • Cases in which museums provide incentives for future proof changes in ICH practices, supporting the dynamic character of ICH; and vice versa. How can museums act as catalysts of innovation for intangible heritage, and the other way round?
  • Examples that illustrate how a focus on intangible cultural heritage can have a changing and lasting effect on the development and transformation of museums.
  • Cases that represent shifts from a methodological perspective, related to the museum functions (as described by ICOM). What are cutting edge examples relating to the acquisition, conservation, research, communication or exhibiting of intangible cultural heritage in museums?
  • Cases in which the crossover between ICH and museum practices and expertise would have generated innovative or transformative experiences or outcomes within a wider perspective of sustainable development challenges and solutions we are all facing as humans/society these days (referring to the UN 2030 AGENDA with the Sustainable Development Goals: "Transforming our world“ -

Three museums per country will be selected to attend the two-day meeting. Candidates can find more information about the practical aspects in the Guidelines.

By completing the online submission form by November 9, 2018, elaborating on your inspiring example, you can submit your application for attending the two-day meeting in Aubusson. The members of the IMP Steering Group will assess the submissions and inform you by November 23, 2018 whether your proposal is accepted.


For this call for proposals, we take into considerations applications that have as their subject ‘intangible cultural heritage’ as described in the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage:

Extract from the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Article 2 - Definitions

For the purposes of this Convention

1. The “intangible cultural heritage” means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity. For the purposes of this Convention, consideration will be given solely to such intangible cultural heritage as is compatible with existing international human rights instruments, as well as with the requirements of mutual respect among communities, groups and individuals, and of sustainable development.


2. The “intangible cultural heritage”, as defined in paragraph 1 above, is manifested inter alia in the following domains:

  • oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
  • performing arts;
  • social practices, rituals and festive events;
  • knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
  • traditional craftsmanship. 


3. “Safeguarding* means measures aimed at ensuring the viability of the intangible cultural heritage, including the identification, documentation, research, preservation, protection, promotion, enhancement, transmission, particularly through formal and non-formal education, as well as the revitalization of the various aspects of such heritage.


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