UNESCO and ICOMOS Bibliographical resources on intangible heritage
To quote from the text of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, "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."
How are tangible and intangible cultural heritages interconnected? Why is the conservation of intangible heritage an integral part of the conservation of monuments and sites?
To address these issues, the ICOMOS Documentation Centre offers a selection of documents and books available in its collections. This selection does not pretend to constitute a comprehensive bibliography of the scientific literature on the conservation of the intangible heritage.
All these references can be consulted or scanned within the limits of the copyright law. See our conditions.
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UNESCO has published online in November 2019 an interactive bibliography of research references on the implementation of the 2003 Convention, intending to "to foster better communication among researchers working in the field of intangible cultural heritage and enhance dissemination of ICH-related research for all stakeholders involved in the implementation of the 2003 Convention (States Parties, communities, practitioners, civil society, UNESCO Secretariat and others)."