University of Illinois
Since the passage of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, preserving intangible heritage has been the subject of increased interest from researchers and library, archive and museum professionals. While there have been several coordinated efforts to fund research in this area in Europe under the FP7 and Horizon 2020 frameworks, as well as several national efforts in Asia, research and policy development on intangible heritage in North America has suffered from lack of funding and coordination. This briefing will report on the results of a meeting of cultural heritage professionals and researchers, sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to develop a research and policy agenda on the preservation of intangible cultural heritage in a North American context. Participants will be invited to comment on a draft white paper on this topic being prepared for release later this spring.