In the period 2017-2020, the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage conducted research in the context of the Research and Development Agenda Intangible Heritage as a testing ground in a globalizing society. The main results (new insights and methodologies) are shared below. In the coming period, the insights gained will be continued through a new Research Agenda. This will be developed in 2021, now focusing on the topics of diversity and (ecological) sustainability.
Here you can download and read the Research Agenda '2017-2020'.
Five lines of research
In the period 2017-2020, the research of the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage focused on five research lines:
Participation : the research gave more insight into how / in what way to give young people and groups with a diverse ethnic background a voice in the identification and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage;
Role of mediators : the research gave more insight into the role of mediators such as museums and other heritage organizations as intermediaries between the ICH communities and professional heritage institutions and policy makers, especially in super-diverse environments. Conversely, we offered guidance to these heritage organizations on how they can work with the intangible cultural heritage communities in a more participatory way;
Thedynamics of intangible cultural heritage : in the context of the super-diversity research line, a lot of attention was paid to urban dynamics in a super-diverse environment. The dynamics of intangible cultural heritage also apply to the handling of intangible cultural heritage that is discussed in society. Tools have been developed to include intangible cultural heritage practitioners and intangible cultural heritage communities in a forward-looking process of heritage preservation;
Role of governments : because during the research it became apparent that governments play a crucial role in creating a favorable climate in which intangible cultural heritage can thrive, special tools were developed to inspire municipalities to integrate intangible cultural heritage into their heritage and environmental policy.
Various products have been developed following the five research lines:
Intangible Heritage & Tourism. A guide for intangible heritage communities to put yourself on the map for tourism: challenges and good examples for sustainable tourism
Toolkit “Intangible Cultural Heritage & Museums” (in English) with guidebook, executive summary in Dutch, brainstorming tools, good practices, workshops, etc. that can help museums to get started with intangible heritage and intangible heritage communities.
The five lines of research involve collaboration with network partners from the heritage field. There is international cooperation within the ICH NGO Forum, the platform for the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Intangible Heritage. Overarching network partners in the Netherlands include Utrecht University, the Meertens Institute and the Reinwardt Academy. For the other network partners, see the individual chapters.