Sydney / Icomos General Assembly and Scientific Symposium: Abstracts deadline

Sydney - April 17

ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICICH) and the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC-ICH) invite abstracts for our joint colloquium on the theme Expressing Diversity: Intangible Cultural Heritage in Urban Public Spaces to be held on Saturday 2 September, 8:30am – 12:30pm as part of the 2023 ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney. This will be a free event, open to delegates to the General Assembly and the wider heritage community.

The Colloquium will comprise up to 6 short presentations (15 minutes maximum) plus questions and discussions.

The theme: Expressing Diversity: Intangible Cultural Heritage in Urban Public Spaces recognises that urban public spaces may be both shared and contested, typically having many diverse audiences. As cities become more densely population the potential for conflict may increase, with marginalised groups losing out. How can our ICH practice support inclusion and co-existence? What are the risks and the opportunities, and what techniques or tools does our ICH practice offer to urban planners, heritage professionals and communities? Case studies of particular places that highlight broader questions and issues are encouraged.  

Abstracts for the Colloquium need to be submitted to the organising group by Friday 31 March 2023. Your abstract should be no more than 200 words and include your name, affiliation, contact details and the form of your proposed presentation (talk, powerpoint, video). Presentations at the Colloquium will be in English as we will not have any facilities for concurrent interpretation. Visual presentations are strongly encouraged. All presentations will be delivered in person: zoom options are not available. Presentations will be recorded and be available following the colloquium via the NSC-ICH website:

Please send your abstract to: by 17 April 2023. We will notify you by 30 April 2023 as to whether your abstract has been accepted for presentation at the Colloquium. For more information about the General Assembly, program and registration, go to: