The publication Intangible Cultural Heritage & Development. Communities, Safeguard, Resilience edited by Fondazione Santagata’s Alessio Re and Giulia Avanza analyzes some of the economic features, as well as emerging issues, attached to intangible cultural heritage expressions through a collection of reflections and case studies.

In the first part of the publication, a multi-authored paper presents a theoretical reflection on the potential of intangible cultural heritage to promote sustainable development and to empower local communities, in particular by means of the protection of intellectual property rights in support of marketing strategies, which represent a fundamental tool for activating economic development.

The second part of this volume presents glimpses of international experiences relating to intangible cultural heritage safeguard, presenting some key emerging issues experienced in different areas of the world, namely:

  • the co-development of heritage-sensitive intellectual property and marketing strategies with community bearers, as happened in Bengal Patachitra (India);
  • long-lasting community based resilience, as exemplified by the Kalasha community (Pakistan);
  • the opportunities posed by the traditional knowledge and skills to contribute to community development, as it is happening in post-conflict Damascus (Syria);
  • the impact on land care management, cultural practices of the public sector financial support of aboriginal corporations, as experienced in Far North Queensland (Australia);
  • the critical question of the empowerment of women heritage bearers through cultural entrepreneurship, through an experience from the region of Cuzco (Peru);
  • the importance of education on the intangible practices and traditional knowledge in local-based development, presented through the case history of the South-Western Alps.

This collection of case studies is intended to address possible comparisons, commonalities and peculiarities among the various experiences and to raise questions around the role of intangible cultural heritage practices in the economic dimension of sustainable development.

The Authors

The publication is curated by Fondazione Santagata’s Alessio Re, Secretary General, and Giulia Avanza, Researcher and Project Manager, and features contributions by Alessio Re, Harriet Deacon, Diego Rinallo, Rajat Nath, Ananya Bhattacharya, Anindita Patra, Manas Acharya, June Taboroff, Benedetta Ubertazzi, Charlotte Waelde, Meeza Ubaid, Reme Sakr, Charlotte Lambrinidis and Giulia Avanza.



VIDEO PLAYLIST: the authors introduce their contributions