The convention for the safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and museum: Approaches, examples of application, risk areas Somut olmayan kültürel mirasin korunmasi sözleşmesi ve müze: Yaklaşimlar, uygulama örnekleri, risk alanlari

Baki Nalcioğlu Z. S.

Milli Folklor, vol.2018, no.120, pp.131-139, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2018 Issue: 120
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: Milli Folklor
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.131-139
  • Keywords: Intangible cultural heritage, Museum, Museumification, Safeguarding, Transfer
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: No


© 2019, Milli Folklor Dergisi. All rights reserved.UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage entered into force in 2003, which was ratified by 178 countries ever since. The most visible impact of the Convention on museums was the inclusion of ICOM (International Council of Museums) in 2007 on the definition of museums by intangible cultural heritage. This process was followed by changes in the safeguarding approaches of museums and creating of collections. The most controversial issues are how the intangible cultural heritage will be put into the museum and how the intangible cultural heritage museums should be. This article focuses on the role of museums in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and the perspectives of the states parties to the museums and their implementation examples based on the texts of the Convention (Operational Directives, Decisions of Intergovernmental Committee, Periodic Reportings, Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Register of Good Safeguarding Practices) and the Convention. In addition, the potential of the museums to be accessible by the community is interpreted in terms of maintaining the cultural heritage, intensification and sustainability. The museum’s educational activities and museum education studies examine the transfer of intangible cultural heritage to the daily life of museums and how they contribute to lifelong education. Then, the methods not fully explained by the Convention, the risk areas arising from the different interpretation of the museums are specified. These include areas of risk such as decontextualization, fail to fully protect the process, museumification, overcommercialization, loss of authenticity and the inability to ensure community participation. Finally, it is explained how examples of revitalization of the intangible cultural heritage of museums can prevent touristification, but at the same time, which dangerous consequences this situation may cause.