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The topic of the discussion: "A cultural battlefield for China, Japan, and South Korea in XXI century: competing for global and regional leadership in intangible cultural heritage (ICH)"
In 2003, UNESCO presented the Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Most countries of the world have signed and ratified the Convention. Signatory countries formally commit themselves “a) to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage; (b) to ensure respect for the intangible cultural heritage of the communities, groups, and individuals concerned; (c) to raise awareness at the local, national, and international levels of the importance of the intangible cultural heritage, and of ensuring mutual appreciation thereof; (d) to provide for international cooperation and assistance” (UNESCO, 2003). The key body in the application of this Convention is the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Committee is also responsible for approval and rejection of the cultural practices nominated by Convention-signatory countries to be added to the UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Almost from the very beginning of the work of the Committee there formed a trio of leaders by the number of items inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. They were and still are China, Japan, and South Korea. This seminar explains and analyzes Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean policies within the ICH framework and discusses them using concepts of cultural diplomacy, soft power, nationalism, and public diplomacy. An investigation of how countries participate in this institution leads to the conclusion that China, Japan, and South Korea perceive ICH not so much as a platform and an instrument to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage of their own and other member-states, as a political tool to emphasize cultural differences, prevent cultural appropriation, improve the national image in the international arena and other domestic and foreign policy goals.
Date: 2nd of March, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM Moscow Time Zone (Zoom)
Registration link: https://regionalstudyschool.timepad.ru/event/1557700/
For further information, please contact Murad Sadygzade, postgraduate student of the School of International Relations and Regional Studies, HSE University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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