Season 1 Episodes

Episode 1: Whose Cultural Heritage?

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Here’s the pilot episode! This episode’s main focus briefly discusses the ideology of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) concept as it pertains to the mandate of cultural heritage archiving and preservation methods through the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In my discussion I survey the history and scope of UNESCO and the push toward ICH after the 2003 Convention, and I note the power inequity between nation-state controlled preservation projects and the communities who create the acknowledged cultural heritage.

Along with today’s main focus in Episode 1, I highlight a recent art project of David Chavannes, and echo the voice of climate activist Vanessa Nakate who was mentioned in the news after outcries on social media over her omission from a report on Davos garnered broader attention.

Sources and Relevant Links:


Retrospect: “Vanessa Nakate cropped from photo of climate activists at Davos”

Vanessa Nakate on Twitter:

The Rise Up Movement:

Highlight: “David Chavannes using sound and music to amplify voices and messages”

David’s website:

David’s soundcloud:

Main focus: “Intangible Cultural Heritage and cultural preservation through UNESCO”


Lixinski, Lucas. 2011. “Selecting Heritage: The Interplay of Art, Politics and Identity.” European Journal of International Law, Volume 22, Issue 1, February. Pages 81–100. (


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