A Long Journey
Metamorphosis and Safeguard of ‘Traditional Knowledge’ in the Frame of Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention
Starting from an overview of international Conventions between culture and nature, the paper analyses some aspects of the heritage-making process. We explore the connection between ICH and TK in the light of two case studies: cultural policies in the French Savoy and in Venice, Italy. In Savoy, a movement is connecting civil society, local economies and policies in a decentralisation process, between conflicts and compromises. In Venice, civil society and scientific communities work together for the safeguarding of ICH. We argue that only effective ICH safeguarding policies, well connected to the economy, can support and make productive this dialogue on the current process of change.