For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!

Intangible Culture: The Heritage Dynamics and Politics of Everyday Life


Prof. Peter Jan Margry

Members of the research group

Hester Dibbits (Erasmus Universiteit / Reinwardt Academie)

Sophie Elpers (Meertens Institute)

Rob van der Laarse (UvA)

Peter Jan Margry (UvA/MI)

Ihab Saloul (UvA)

Albert van der Zeijden (KIEN)

Description of the research programme of the research group

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

Results for the period 2014-2016


  • Peter Jan Margry, 'UNESCO en de paradox van bescherming. Immaterieel erfgoed in Nederland', in: Ons Erfdeel 57,1 (2014) p. 56-66.
  • Peter Jan Margry, 'Uitvaartbedrijf is toch geen cultureel erfgoed', in: NRC-Handelsblad, 1 juli 2014, p. 16-17 (opinionated article).
  • Peter Jan Margry, 'Koekhappen is geen dom spel, maar een ritueel', in: NRC-Handelsblad, 25 april 2014, p. 16-17 (opinionated article).
  • Sophie Elpers, 'Und über dem Dorf der Himmel. Betrachtungen zum Imaginations- und Sozialraum Dorf in den Niederlanden’, in: Rheinisch-westfälische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde 60 (2015), 37-56.
  • Hester Dibbits, Marlous Willemsen, 'Stills of our liquid times. An essay towards collecting today’s intangible cultural heritage', in: Sophie Elpers, Anna Palm: Die Musealisierung der Gegenwart (Bielefeld 2014) 177-198.

Media exposure

  • ‘Het worstenbroodje Nederlands erfgoed? Gooi die lijst toch weg’, interview of Lisa van der Velden with Peter Jan Margry, in: de Volkskrant, 17 March 2016.
  • Debate on the Dutch national inventory Intangible Cultural Heritage with Albert van der Zeijden (KIEN) on Radio 1 (chaired by Thijs van de Brink), 18 March 2016 at 18.30 hrs.

Societal relevance

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