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ARANTES, Antonio. The Governance of Safeguarding. Comments on Article 2.3 of UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Vibrant, Virtual Braz. Anthr. [online]. 2019, vol.16, e16301.  Epub May 09, 2019. ISSN 1809-4341.

Reflexions on the key dispositif1 adopted by Unesco’s Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Article 2.3). In these Comments, I initially situate the notion of ‘safeguarding’ in the context of transformations of other preservation instruments which it dialogues and to whose semantic field it belongs. Challenges to its implementation and possibilities opened by this treaty for the protection of what has been designated as ‘folklore and traditional (and popular) culture’2 are addressed. After offering an interpretation of its textual meaning in the Convention, I seek to explore how this device is articulated to others in this Convention, and to reflect on its possible practical reach.

Keywords : safeguarding; UNESCO ICH Convention (Art. 2.3); operational directives; folklore and traditional (popular) culture; intangible heritage management.

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