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International Workshop

The Uses of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Perspectives 

Quebec City, Canada

May 19th-21st  2016


Hosted by the Canadian Network for Intangible Cultural Heritage (CNICH), the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC), the Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM), The Canada research Chair in Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Institute for Cultural Heritage of Laval University (IPAC) and the Centre for Culture, Art and Society (CELAT)


Deadline for submissions 1st December 2015 (midnight)


Interest in intangible cultural heritage (ICH) has been growing rapidly in Canada, in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and in many other countries in the world over the past years, especially since the adoption of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003 at UNESCO. Now signed by more than 160 countries, the Convention has given intangible cultural heritage recognition worldwide. It has attracted rising attention amongst intellectuals, political stakeholders, museum curators and community leaders increasingly concerned about the preservation and the promotion of the living cultural heritage of the people as a means of promoting sustainable regional development, the revitalization of communities, cultural diversity, new museum practices and cultural tourism. As D. Ruggles Fairchild has recently pointed out, « The field of intangible heritage studies is growing rapidly, and will have an impact on a wide range of arts and human practices ».[1] In opening up the field of heritage to living traditions, the Convention has contributed to redefining heritage as an open ongoing process shaped by people and changed through encounters, rather than an immutable entity anchored in tangible things. This shift has opened new and exciting perspectives for understanding the intertwined legacies of heritage, the complex intergenerational and intercultural transmission of living traditions, and the creation of different transcultural inheritances. It leaves room for the accommodation of the new and the transgressive alongside the traditional.


Although Canada has not signed the Convention, many constituencies in the country are actively involved in promoting intangible cultural heritage, in developing new management strategies for it, and in identifying new directions for research. Museums are collecting oral traditions to document their ethnographic collections and increase community participation in exhibits, cities (like Montreal, Quebec, Rivière du Loup) are adding intangible heritage to their cultural policy to enhance the interpretation of their historic sites, and the provinces (Newfoundland, Quebec) are passing legislation in order to use it not only as a tool for safeguarding cultural diversity but also for promoting regional development and cultural tourism. Canada has internationally recognized expertise in the field through the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC) and its journal, Ethnologies, supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council or Canada, and many renowned scholars such as Gerald Pocius of the Folklore Department of Memorial University who participated in the definition of intangible cultural heritage in the UNESCO 2003 Convention.[2] These are just a few of the many promises and new challenges of intangible cultural heritage. Created in 2013, the Canadian Intangible Cultural Heritage Network wishes to respond to them and contribute to making a Canada a world leader in this rapidly developing area of practice and knowledge


This conference aims to focus on the current and potential future uses of ICH. Although all proposals regarding this topic will be considered for inclusion in the conference program, participants are encouraged to submit paper proposals on the following themes:


-       the effects of listing ICH by UNESCO, states and municipalities;

-       the difficulties encountered by communities in safeguarding ICH;

-       the uses of ICH for the sustainable development of local communities

-       the transformative experiences of inventorying ICH;

-       the mediation of ICH through the use of information technologies;

-       the uses of ICH in museums and interpretation centers;

-       ICH and sustainable cultural tourism;

-       the uses of ICH in the understanding and mediation of tangible cultural heritage;

-       the politics of ICH in Canada and in the provinces

-       the implications of Canada ratifying the 2003 UNESCO Convention.


Individual paper or session proposals (three presentations maximum) should be sent, in English or French, to Laurier Turgeon ( before December 1st  (midnight) by providing the following information: name and surname, institutional affiliation (university, museum, ministry, municipal administration, etc.), acquired degrees (PhD, MA, year of degree, name of the university which delivered the degree), current position (postdoctoral fellows, PhD and MA students should indicate their status and affiliation), recent publications (up to 5 or 6 related to the theme of the conference), and a paper abstract (100 to 125 words). The proposals received by the 29th of October will be eligible for travel funds.


Laurier Turgeon

Canada Research Chair in Intangible Cultural Heritage

Laval University


Dale Javis

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


Richard Mackinnon

Professor of Folklore

Cape Breton University


[1] D. Ruggles Fairchild, et al., « From Tangible to Intangible Heritage », Ruggles Fairchild, D. et al., ed. Intangible Heritage Embodied, New York, Springer, 2009, p. 2.

[2] See article by Gerald Pocius, “The Government of Canada and Intangible Cultural Heritage: An Excursion into Federal Domestic Policies and the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention,” forthcoming in Ethnologies, vol. 36, 1-2, 2015.


2016 FSAC annual meeting

The 2016 FSAC annual meeting will be held in Université Laval, Québec, during next spring!

More details to come.


Next FSAC annual meeting is coming soon!

You will find all relevant information related to the conference and your stay in Ottawa in section Meetings / Annual meeting FSAC – 2015.


Final program of 2015 FSAC Conference

The final program for the next FSAC conference, which will be held in Ottawa from May 30th to June 1st, is now available.

This version is lightly different from the one on the Federation website. Please consider this one as the official.



Call for nominations - Executive Committee

The FSAC Executive Committee is currently seeking nominations for the following positions:

- President elect (francophone)

- French member-at-large

- English student member

- French student member

The election for these positions will take place at this year’s Annual General Meeting, on June 1st. Please send your nominations to Philippe Dubois ( by May 1st.


2015 Annual meeting

The call for papers for the FSAC/ACEF annual meeting, which will take place in Ottawa from May 30 to June 1, 2015, is now online. The deadline for proposals is November 7, 2014.

Deadline has been extended to December 8, 2014. For more information:


2014 Annual meeting

The program of the FSAC/ACEF and CSTM/SCTM annual meeting in now online.

The call for papers for the FSAC/ACEF annual meeting, which will take place in Sudbury on May 21-23, is now online.

Please note that only members paid up for the calendar year 2014 and preregistered for the conference may have their submission considered.

Lodging information.

Additional news and information about the meeting can be found on our Facebook page.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 15 2014.
  • ACEF/FSAC Bulletin


The ACEF/FSAC Bulletin will now ONLY be available online. You can get access them here.


  • Call for papers and contributions

Call for Proposals – [Working Title] Traditional Musics in Canada: Contemporary Expressions and Cultural Resonances

Edited by: Anna Hoefnagels, Sherry A. Johnson, Judith Klassen

Proposal deadline: March 15, 2014

Completed chapter draft deadline: September 1, 2014

Submissions are invited for a volume of original essays and contributions by scholars and/or performers about diverse genres and styles of traditional music (broadly defined) across Canada. This publication will address issues relating to tradition, creativity, and contemporary cultural expression by various settle, diasporic and indigenous communities that currently exist in Canada. We plan to compile a volume that will highlight some of the myriad musical practices that allow Canadians to celebrate their individual multifaceted cultural identities within the context of contemporary Canada.

Please send a proposal of 250–‐500 Words by March 15th, 2014 to Sherry Johnson at This proposal should identify the music culture to be examined and the music practices that you will highlight in your chapter. Upon acceptance, completed submissions should be a maximum of 12,000 Words and can take various forms (academic paper, contextualized interviews/dialogue, etc.). See more details here.


ACEF/FSAC 2013 annual meeting

The ACEF/FSAC annual meeting will be held at Sir Wilfred Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, June 17th 9 a.m. to June 19th 6 p.m.

La réunion annuelle de l’ACEF/FSAC aura lieu à l’Université Memorial au campus Sir Wilfred Grenfell, à Corner Brook, Terre-Neuve, du 17 juin, 9,00 h au 19 juin, 18.00 h.

Please allow at least an hour to get to and from the airport. For travel and accommodation information, please click here.

S’il vous plaît, veuillez prendre en compte qu’il faut au moins une heure pour voyager de l’aéroport à l’université ou aux lieux d’hébergement. Pour plus d’informations concernant le transport et l’hébergement, veuillez cliquer ici.


Travel Funding Policy

        Remboursement des Frais de Voyage


Note that SOME funding will be available for travel costs only for students who are giving formal presentations and are UNABLE to secure funding from their own institution OR ELSEWHERE.


Call for Papers – Practicing Folklore – Corner Brook, June 17-19, 2013

Practicing Folklore

The theme of practice suggests an underlying impulse within our sometimes disparate folklore and ethnographic projects.  The theme acknowledges culture as enacted and admits the idea of rehearsal as a significant aspect to signifying actions and texts.  Practice also informs the pragmatic element of our discipline, highlighting researchers, writers and teachers as workers and labourers.  Finally, the theme suggests an open-ended view of culture, texts and research that underpins some of our best scholarship.

We encourage paper submissions that work within the conference theme or address the ongoing UNESCO 2003 convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage.  As usual, proposals dealing with other topics are welcomed. Applications for panels and workshops are strongly encouraged.  The Folklore Studies Association of Canada welcomes scholars and practitioners from all disciplines with projects of interest to folklorists and ethnologists to apply.

For more information, please click here.


Call for Papers – Digest: a journal of foodways and culture

The Foodways section of the American Folklore Society is proud to announce the re-launch of its journal, Digest. Digest is now available as an open-access, peer-reviewed, web-based journal:

Digest is currently soliciting submissions of material.

Digest publishes a variety of scholarly articles, research reports, creative pieces and recipes, and reviews related to food and folklore. All submissions should be emailed to Diane Tye at They should not have been published elsewhere and or be under concurrent consideration by any other journal. The deadline for submissions for the next issue is 1 January 2013.


Acadian traditional music: At the crossroads of French and Celtic cultures – Intangible cultural heritage conference in Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia – 11-13 October 2013

In Octobre 2013, Intangible cultural heritage will be the theme of a major academic conference that will not only bring together researchers who have studied the blending of Acadian and Celtic elements in the musical traditions of the Atlantic Provinces, but will also give them a chance to exchange with scholars who have studied other minority situations. It will be a bilingual event, and will include a concluding concert. The conference will take place in Sydney, Cape Breton, just as the annual Celtic Colours festival is getting under way, providing participants with the opportunity to prolong their stay by getting involved in the festival.

Please submit proposals by 1 February 2013 (which is also the deadline for consideration for a travel subsidy). Proposals, including paper or workshop title, name, brief biographical sketch, and a 200 word abstract should be sent to Ronald Labelle, Department of Languages and Letters, Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS, B1P ( Information on registration and accommodations will follow during the coming months. For more information, please see the following web page:



Information regarding the 36th Annual Meeting FSAC – 2012 held in Waterloo, Ontario, May 26-28 2012 can be found here.