ICH and Hidden Industrial Herstories in Scotland paper session. UWS conference (In)visible Stories: An investigation into the status of ICH in Scotland

  • Kosmala, K. (Speaker)
  • Tara Beall (Speaker)
  • Grace, A. (Speaker)
  • Katherine Kirk (Speaker)
  • Dr Nina Baker (Speaker)
  • Viza, E. (Speaker)
  • Patricia Munoz De Escalona (Speaker)
  • Meg Dunn (Speaker)

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar


 In 2003 UNESCO developed the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). In 2005, the EU developed The Framework Convention of the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. To date, the 2003 Convention has been ratified by 163 states, however, notably, the UK has not ratified either.
ICH bridges studies of law, folklore, culture, health, education, history and heritage. It has significant international recognition but remains under scrutinised within a Scottish context. ICH has particular application in the Scottish circumstances of sub-state or stateless nationhood, especially through contemporary efforts to achieve greater levels of codification for objects, language and cultural practices. However, ICH also raises ambiguities over less tangible or unofficial elements of cultural heritage relating to the much vaunted social and political value placed on ‘authenticity’.
We are happy to announce a call for papers for the above conference to be held 14th May at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr Campus.
The aim of this conference is to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the examination of ICH, with a particular focus on what it means within a Scottish context. This may involve investigating examples of expressions of ICH that are considered part of Scotland’s cultural heritage; the relationship between ICH and Scottish politics; how intangible cultural heritage affects individual and community identity; how ICH is passed down and regenerated; and the legal status of ICH in Scotland.
Hosted at UWS’s Ayr Campus, this conference seeks to attract input from academics and practitioners working in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland.
Panel: ICH and Hidden Industrial Herstories in ScotlandChair: Professor Katarzyna Kosmala 

Period14 May 2018
Event title(In)visible Stories: An Investigation into the Status of ICH in Scotland
Event typeConference
LocationAyr , United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • heritage
  • culture
  • women
  • profession
  • industrial history
  • occupation
  • ICH
  • visibility