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The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was passed by UNESCO in 2003, formalised a distinction between a heritage that is tangible in its materiality and another form of heritage that is about skills, crafts and knowledge. This distinction has caused considerable debate, in regards to legal instruments, recognition, preservation and impacts. Within this debate we aim to contribute to research that investigates the rationales and repercussions of this distinction, and to critically consider the implicit assumption that the distinction is universally relevant.
We are particularly interested in exploring the nature of intangible heritage, its malleability and change. To this end we focus on the tensions between different forms of living heritage and the impact of heritage nomination – what factors influence whether the latter results in fossilisation of heritage or whether the ’intangible heritage’ will survive its nomination?
Intangible heritage takes many different forms, all of which raise particular intellectual and social challenges. In our immediate research objectives we focus on so-called ‘heritage-language’ and on food heritage. Both are integral to how communities maintain distinctiveness; they are transmitted between generations, can travel, and are essentially performative forms of heritage. Yet, they can also be malleable and adaptive. They, therefore, raise fundamental questions about authenticity and how change can be absorbed or, alternatively, be disruptive of social cohesion. In doing so this research may challenge some of the presumptions embedded within the philosophy of the tangible-intangible distinction.

Tangible & Intangible Label


Dr Paul  Anderson
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
University Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies
Assistant Director, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies
 Oliver  Antczak
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Indigenous Studies Discussion Group, Founder/Convener
PhD Student in Archaeology
 Margaret  Comer
Postdoctoral Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Dr Shailaja  Fennell
Deputy Director, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Reader in Regional Transformation and Economic Security, Department of Land Economy
01223 764048
Dr Yannis  Galanakis
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Senior Lecturer in Classics (Classical Art & Archaeology)
Director, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Director of Archives
01223 338879
Prof Loraine  Gelsthorpe
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Director of The Institute of Criminology
Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice
01223 335369
 Rebecca  Haboucha
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
Prof Paul  Lane
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professor of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa
Dr  Andreas  Pantazatos
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Department of Archaeology
 Mariana   Pinto Leitão Pereira
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
PhD title: The significance of heritage in dispersed communities: Portuguese and Macanese as a case study
 Kim Eileen Ruf
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
PhD Title: (Re)use and valuation of historic buildings - a comparison between the AHD and private individuals
 Alisa  Santikarn
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
PhD Title: Locating Conflicts in Conservation Values: The Heritage of Elephants in Thailand
Prof Marie Louise Stig  Sorensen
Director, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Professor of European Prehistory and Heritage Studies, Department of Archaeology
01223 333522
Dr Guohua  Yang
Postdoctoral Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Senior Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society
Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland