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CFP: The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada

Wednesday, January 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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The 2016 Annual meeting of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada will take place in Quebec City, Canada, May 19-22, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is "The Uses of Intangible Cultural Heritage: 10 Years after the Ratification of the ICH UNESCO Convention.” 
The conference is 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).
The deadline for submissions is February 29, 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 ratification 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 ratification 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.
Please note that presenters must be members of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada/ l’Association canadienne d’ethnologie et de folklore and must be registered for the Conference.
If your abstract is accepted, you will not be included in the program unless you have paid your membership for 2016 and your registration for the Conference. 

Please use the link below to complete your membership application and payment:
Students and unwaged: $30 membership plus $75 conference registration.
Regular members: $60 plus $125 conference registration.

Registration fees will cover access to the conference and the association banquet. All fees can be sent through PayPal on the ACEF/FSAC website.
Registration to the conference may also be paid by cheques, to be made out to ACEF/FSAC and sent to:
Philippe Dubois
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines
Local 5173, Université Laval
Québec, QC, G1V 0A6
FSAC/ACEF may cover partial travel expenses for participants who are FSAC/ACEF members and attend the Annual General Meeting on the last day of the conference.

Travel funding policy:

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