UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Intangible Heritage and Disasters

21 May 2021, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

A broken spire of an ancient ruined temple in Hampi, Karnataka, India.

Dr Alejandra Albuerne is collaborating with Our World Heritage to deliver an international webinar on the topic of Intangible Heritage and Disasters, bringing together experiences from across the world on how IH is affected by different disasters, including the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic, and on the crucial role that IH can play on the recovery from these disasters.

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Six speakers representing all continents will participate in this webinar to offer a global perspective:

  • ASIA Monalisa Maharjan, University of Evora, will present on the role of intangible heritage in resilience building and in recovery processes in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, after the 2015 earthquakes.
  • OCEANIA Chris Ballard, Australian National University, will present on Disaster as Opportunity: re-integrating ICH and World Heritage in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu.
  • AFRICA Neila Saadi, University of Tunis, will present on Climate change and Berber intangible heritage in the south of Tunisia.
  • EUROPE Alessia Strozzi, Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio delle Marche, will present on Intangible Heritage in post-earthquake recovery in Italy.
  • NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA Cody Groat, Indigenous Heritage Circle, will present on Intangible Cultural Heritage, Indigenous Stewardship, and the Climate Crisis in Canada 
  • SOUTH AMERICA Catalina Ortiz, University College London, will present A living Heritage Atlas: Pandemic co-creation processes in Medellin, Colombia.

A panel discussion chaired by Dr Albuerne will follow the presentations.

This event is organised within the theme of Disasters and Pandemics proposed by Our World Heritage and is linked to the research project Towards Mobilising Intangible Heritage for Recovery and Resilience, led by Dr Albuerne and funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Development programme.