CFP: Key Issues in Cultural Heritage: Intangible Heritage Second Issue (Routledge)

Key Issues in Cultural Heritage: Intangible Heritage Second Issue (Routledge)
Call For Papers
Routledge has commission a second edition of the book Intangible Heritage edited by Smith and Akagawa (2009). That original book examined the development of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICHC) and explored a range of issues with the management and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH).  The second edition, tentatively entitled ‘Second Generation Issues’, aims to critically examine concerns surrounding the development and implementation of the Convention since 2006, as well as more general issues around ICH. While some chapters from the first edition will be re-appraised, we are looking for new contributions to the book. We also encourage articles that explore diverse cultural contexts. Specifically we are looking for papers that will:
1. Review the status, achievements and/or failures of the ICHC. We are looking for papers that will consider whether the original aims and visions for the convention have been met or not, and why.
Of particular interest will be an assessment of the ways in which the ICHC frames the interplay of state parties, sub-national communities of interest, NGOs and other communities of expertise. Papers which provide a critical review of the history and development of the guidelines to the Convention will also be considered.
2. Review and address the ways in which the Convention has been implemented at national and sub-national levels, and review the impact and utility of the Convention’s three lists – has, as Kirshenblatt-Gimblett predicted in 2004, the Convention become ‘just another list’? Papers may wish to consider:
a. What impact has the ICHC had on knowledge bearers and their communities?
b. What are the implications of the experiences of both professionals and communities to date under the ICHC?
c. What impact has the convention had for developing national and regional policies and practices in relation to the safeguarding of ICH?
d. What constitutes ‘safeguarding’ and in what context?
3. Analyse the ways in which the concept of ‘intangible heritage’ has been received in academic, policy and public debate and discourse. Papers may like to consider:
a. What impact, if any, has the concept had on the way ‘heritage’ overall has been understood and conceptualised?
b. In what ways has the convention framed and limited this conceptual debate?
c. In what ways has the convention influenced specific national debates and understandings of ICH?
d. Does the concept of intangible heritage have critical and ongoing implications for contemporary debates in heritage studies?
4. Consider how new forms of communication and information technology, social media and the internet have contributed to the expression or safeguarding of ICH, or themselves created new forms of heritage and communities of interest in ICH?
Enquires about this CFP should be sent to either Laurajane Smith ( and/or Natsuko Akagawa (
Submission and timetable:
 500 word abstracts and 100 word bios must be received by 1 August, 2015 and should be submitted to Natsuko Akagawa (
 Authors selected to develop a chapter will be notified by 1 September and a first draft of 6,000 word (including references) chapter would be due by 1st February 2016.
We are expecting papers to go through rigorous redrafting and reworking for a submission of the book manuscript towards the end of 2016 as required by the Routledge contract.
Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: