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Research project PCI

Étude sur la participation des communautés à la restitution de l’inventaire du patrimoine culturel immatériel
(Study on the involvement of communities in the restitution of the intangible cultural heritage inventory)

Leader : Laurent Sébastien Fournier


This research project, funded by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, is a continuation of two previous projects, also funded by this Ministry :

- The research project Inventory of traditional games in France was conducted in 2011-2012 at the Centre nantais de sociologie (CENS EA 3260, University of Nantes, France). This project had enabled us to build an extensive inventory of traditional games in France and to collect a representative set of several dozen inventory data sheets about intangible cultural heritage. These files were given to the Ministry in 2012 and have been published on the website of the Ministry in 2013.

- The project Broadcast and restitution to the communities of the intangible cultural heritage inventory : the case of traditional games in France was conducted in 2012-2013 at the IDEMEC. It helped us to finalize the collected data sheets with the concerned communities’ representative persons. A Workshop entitled "Restitution to the communities of the intangible cultural heritage inventory" has also been organized (Aix-en-Provence, 17-18 June 2013). It led to identify the necessary involvement of the communities in the inventorying process. A Website has been created to manage this involvement.

From now on, the research project focuses on the participation of the communities in the restitution of inventories. After the inventory, and after having implemented its diffusion and restitution, what are the reactions of the communities to the work done ? How do the communities consider the inventory processes used in the previous stages of the research ? etc.

While carrying on the inventory with already identified communities (collecting additional data sheets), we want to make ethnographic and sociological surveys and to ask feedbacks about previous inventories. At the same time, we try to find and publish archival documents related to the subjects of collected informations, in order to improve the quality of the inventory. The expected objective at the end of the research program (end of 2014) is to better understand the ways the communities participate in inventorying their intangible cultural heritage.

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