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Intangible Culture: The Heritage Dynamics and Politics of Everyday Life

This research group intends to address the ways how practices of everyday life – the intangible expressions – are turned into forms of intangible cultural heritage.

Description of the group

Through such processes of ‘heritagization’, intangible forms of the everyday are becoming subject to politics, juridical implications in an (inter-) national context, interference or subjection to global (UN) conventions, debates and controversies. The research group aims at:

  • Collaboration and exchange between researchers (improve quality of research on heritage dynamics)
  • Exchange between researchers, “heritage professionals” and policy makers (impact of research results on heritage policy)
  • Dissemination of the research results through publications, conferences, and/or public debates.
  • Promotion of collaborative research projects through interaction between scholars at these meetings

Envisaged results

Lectures/talks, workshops, conferences, articles, Media exposure

Societal relevance

The group aims to facilitate an international exchange of expertise that crosses disciplinary boundaries and to disseminate research findings across geographical regions.

Research Group Type: Network & Reading group
Duration: 2021-2025

Group coordinators

Prof. dr. P.J.J. (Peter Jan) Margry

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

Members of the research group

Prof. Hester Dibbits (Erasmus Universiteit / Reinwardt Academie)
Dr. Sophie Elpers (Meertens Institute)
Prof. Rob van der Laarse (UvA)
Prof. Peter Jan Margry (UvA/MI)
Dr. Albert van der Zeijden (KIEN)