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FSAC Annual Conference
Quebec City, Canada

May 19th-22nd 2016
Les usages du patrimoine culturel immatériel
Dix ans après l’entrée en vigueur de la Convention du PCI de l’UNESCO

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 February 29th 2016 (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 entry into force of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006 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 evolution of the practices of the Convention since it’s entry into force in 2006;
–       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 February 29th (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 February will be eligible for travel funds.

As usual, proposals on any other topic in the fields of Folklore or Ethnology will also be considered.


Early bird fees end on May 8.

All participants are expected to register for the conference. Registration fees are:
– students and unemployed scholars : 65$, or 105$ with the banquet on May 20.
– professors, professionals, etc.: 155$, or 195$ with the banquet on May 20.

Registration includes access to the conferences, to coffee breaks, to the excursion to Old Quebec City and to two receptions.

Payment can be made on-line by Paypal on the event website at:

Or by check to Université Laval ACEF\FSAC conference and sent by mail to :

Laurier Turgeon

CELAT, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines
Local 5173, Université Laval
Québec, QC, G1V 0A6


Blocks of rooms have been reserved for the conference at a special rate until the 1st of May in three different locations.

1) The Laval University Residences offers two types of rooms on campus and within a 5 minute walk to the conference site.

Standard University Room (shared bathroom)

These rooms have two single beds and feature all the amenities usually available in hotels or bed linen and towels, shampoo and soap, parking included, free wireless internet access and free local calls.

Rates: $ 46,50 + taxes in single occupancy and $ 66 + taxes in double occupancy (*Breakfast is include)

Superior University Room (private bathroom) (available year round)

These rooms are equipped with a bathroom, a Queens bed, a TV, a microwave oven, refrigerator and telephone. They usually have all the amenities offered by hotels or bed linen and towels, shampoo and soap, parking included, free wireless internet access and free local calls.

Rates :  $ 88 + taxes in single occupancy or double occupancy (*Breakfast is include)

You can find more information about our service if you click on this link:

To reserve, use the following form and select the proper event in the scrolling list at the end:

Les usages du patrimoine culturel immatériel – Event #253957

For information, contact us directly at 418-656-5632 or by email at and mention the name of the event.

2) The Hotel Universel

2300 Chemin Sainte-Foy ( (139$Can a night for double occupancy) which is a short 10 minute walk from campus. A block of rooms has been reserved at this special rate for the conference participants and will be given out on a first come first serve bases.​Mention the name of the conference and the code : 280716

3) Hôtel Classique

2815 Boulevard Laurier, Québec (Qc) G1V 4H3, 418   658-2852 ext. 367  –  1 800 463-1885,

(105$Can a night for double occupancy) which is a short 10 minute city bus ride from campus. A block of rooms has been reserved at this special rate for the conference participants and will be given out on a first come first serve bases.​Mention the name of the conference and the code : 456797

Collaborators : Société québécoise d’ethnologie (SQE), Canadian Commision for UNESCO, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).