UNESCO Chair on ICH in Public and Global Governance Opening Event

On March 14, 2024 at the University of Warsaw took place the event of opening our UNESCO Chair.

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Public Governance in the City

The panel moderated by Jorijn Neyrinck, Director of Workshop Intangible Heritage Flanders, explored the dynamic interplay between intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and urban environments. The panelists included Myroslava Keryk, Katarzyna Kuzko-Zwierz, and Dr. Andrzej Szoka.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Challenges for Public and Global Intangible Cultural Heritage Governance

The roundtable, facilitated by Prof. Bartosz Pieliński from the University of Warsaw, brought together experts from diverse backgrounds to explore the complex interplay between AI and cultural heritage. The panelists included Prof. Przemysław Biecek, Piotr Górajec, and Prof. Rimvydas Laužikas, each bringing a unique perspective on the implications of AI in cultural contexts.


Heritage Week, held from March 11th to 15th, 2024, at the University of Warsaw in Poland, was a vibrant celebration of cultural heritage and its significance in contemporary society.

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Who we are?

We are UNESCO Chair on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Public and Global Governance, based on the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies at the University of Warsaw.

Our aim is to reflect on the question of what is considered – under what conditions and by whom – as constituting effective, ethical and sustainable governance of ICH. Our interdisciplinary team will investigate fundamental questions such as: how should a given community – including international community – govern heritage resources? When heritage resources are considered to be public goods or the commons – and when they are not? What are the criteria for effective and ethical heritage governance? What will be the most appropriate tools and methodologies to address these issues, including those stemming from artificial intelligence?

Examination of the challenges and opportunities surrounding the public and global governance of intangible cultural heritage, contextualized within frameworks such as the MONDIACULT 2022 Declaration, Agenda 2030 and UNESCO’s Midterm Strategy 2022-2029, and recommendation Ethics in AI will be of our special focus.

The napkin, especially for the design of our Chair’s logo, was made by Mrs. Halina Pietrzyk-Kukuczka, who, together with her daughter, Dorota Cieślar, and her daughter (Mrs. Halina’s granddaughter) is involved in popularizing the tradition of making Koniakow lace. We would like to thank her warmly for pleasant cooperation!

Serwetkę, specjalnie na potrzeby zaprojektowania logo naszej Katedry, wykonała Pani Halina Pietrzyk-Kukuczka, która wraz ze swoją córką, Dorotą Cieślar, oraz jej córką (wnuczką Pani Haliny) zaangażowana jest w popularyzowanie tradycji wykonywania koronki koniakowskiej. Za przemiłę współpracę gorąco dziękujemy!

What is ICH?

ICH is abbreviation of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) refers to the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills, and instruments that communities, groups, and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. Unlike tangible cultural heritage, which includes physical artifacts such as monuments, buildings, and artworks, intangible cultural heritage encompasses living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to future generations. This includes oral traditions, performing arts, rituals, social practices, festive events, traditional craftsmanship, knowledge about nature and the universe, and traditional craftsmanship. Intangible cultural heritage plays a vital role in maintaining cultural diversity, fostering social cohesion, and promoting sustainable development.

For more information, visit https://ich.unesco.org/.

What is UNESCO Chair?

A UNESCO Chair is a prestigious title conferred by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to institutions of higher education around the world. The purpose of establishing UNESCO Chairs is to promote international cooperation in areas that are within UNESCO’s fields of competence, such as education, science, culture, and communication.

UNESCO Chairs serve as focal points for research, knowledge-sharing, capacity-building, and networking in specific academic disciplines or thematic areas. They contribute to advancing UNESCO’s goals and objectives, including the promotion of peace, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue, and the dissemination of knowledge.

Institutions awarded with a UNESCO Chair designation are expected to engage in activities such as conducting research, organizing conferences and seminars, offering specialized courses, providing policy advice, and collaborating with other UNESCO Chairs and relevant stakeholders. The establishment of a UNESCO Chair reflects the commitment of the host institution to contribute to the advancement of UNESCO’s mission and to address global challenges through education, science, culture, and communication.

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