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Roundtable: Engaging with Language as Heritage

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a forthcoming roundtable event: Engaging with Language as Heritage to be held by Nottingham Trent University on Clifton Campus, Nottingham on 1 March 2023.

Keynote speakers:

  • Clara Arokiasamy (ICOMOS)
  • Alison McCleery (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Jacob O'Sullivan (Museums Galleries Scotland)

The UK has no national framework for safeguarding language or other forms of intangible cultural heritage as the UK has not ratified the UNESCO Treaty on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage. However, there are a range of projects taking place across the UK to capture, celebrate and revitalise varieties of language and intangible cultural heritage. This roundtable aims to bring together a network of local and national policy makers and people involved in culture, heritage and education to facilitate exchange of language, identity and heritage knowledge and innovation.

We would welcome the submission of abstracts for presentations on the following subjects related to language heritage (including dialect, heritage languages, industry-specific lexicon and other varieties of language spoken in the UK):

  • developing good practice in safeguarding language as intangible cultural heritage;
  • collaborating with communities and project partners on projects relating to linguistic heritage;
  • how UK museums, libraries and other heritage organisations are currently working with language; or
  • how the UK can best safeguard its linguistic heritage under UNESCO or alternative processes.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 350 words and should be submitted to by 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023. Each presentation will be allocated 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and a further 10 minutes for questions).

We are intending all presentations to take place in person.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Natalie Braber or Dr Victoria Howard

Registration for attendance for non-presenters will open in late January. Further details to follow.

Published on 12 October 2022
  • Category: Research; School of Arts and Humanities