Master « Ethnological expertise Intangible Heritage »

Roda de Capoeira in Salvador, Bahia. Photo: Pierre VergerThe University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès has launched a new master programme. UNESCO frictions is part of this project.

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On November 23-24 Morena Salama, postdoctoral researcher at UNESCO frictions, will give the seminar:

Inventorying, proclaiming, assisting and promoting: the complementary lines of action of the Brazilian safeguarding regime.

The Brazilian safeguarding policy started to be structured just before the drafting of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the safeguarding of ICH. This pioneering role rendered a different focus to the Brazilian safeguarding regime. Instead of targeting into the international heritarization, such as the inscription of elements in the Representative List of the 2003 Convention, the Brazilian state has been concentrating its efforts on the proclamation of the Brazilian cultural references as National Cultural Heritage (a process called locally as “Registry”) and on the implementation of safeguarding measures after the national heritarization takes place.

By the time Brazil ratified the 2003 Convention, the participative shift introduced by this international treaty found a fertile terrain to be developed. Since then the main lines of action of the Brazilian safeguarding regime – inventorying, proclaiming, assisting and promoting, – have been implemented aiming at increasing the level of participation of the bearers’ communities, so they can become the “protagonists” of their own safeguarding process.

This course explores how this participative approach has been put into practice in the country. Initially these main lines of action will be examined as complementary steps of the same safeguarding process. Subsequently several concrete cases will be analysed and compared with the view of identifying how the bearer’s communities are involved in each case. The safeguarding processes to be presented are: the craft of ceramic pans of Goiabeiras; the Kusiwa graphic art, the samba de roda; the craft of baianas de acarajé; the Taper of Our Lady of Nazareth, the Yaokwa ritual, the capoeira and the fabrication of the viola de cocho.