The “Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage”, adopted in 2003 by UNESCO, helped to recognize the value of culturally transmitted forms and ways of life. However, it is not an easy task to topicalize the preservation of cultural heritage as an issue for politics, since both the quantitative assessment and the qualitative assessment of the practices in question raise more questions than provide answers. Moreover, it raises the problem of which methods can guarantee the safe transfer of intangible objects to future generations.
In addition to discussions on these issues, the practice of preserving and developing cultural heritage in both countries will be outlined, and the attitudes and approaches toward dealing with immaterial cultural heritage will be clarified. In this way, approaches toward a German-Japanese cooperation to preserve and develop intangible cultural heritage can be identified.
Conference languages are German and Japanese, with simultaneous translations.
(For program and registration please refer to the German or Japanese page)