In terms of research UNESCO Chair on Intangible Cultural Heritage Policy and Law relies on undergoing international as well as national research projects carried out by the Latvian Academy of Culture in cooperation with various partnering institutions.
Osmose. Intangible Cultural Heritage & Comparative Law
Project Co-director, assistant professor, Dr. Anita Vaivade
The aim of ‘Osmose’ research project is to analyze the diversity of ways for interpreting international agreements on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and adjusting them into national laws. It provides tools for comparison and reflection on the legal instruments adopted in different countries for the safeguarding of ICH.
Habitus. Sustainability of Latvian Cultural Traditions in an Innovative Environment.
Program Director, prof., Dr. Rūta Muktupāvela
Project Leader, prof., Dr. Anda Laķe
The aim of the program ‘Habitus’ and the project ‘Sustainability of Latvian Cultural Traditions in an Innovative Environment’ is to define preconditions and criteria for the transmission of cultural traditions, which characterise national identity, in the changing environment of nowadays. It also aims to research the cultural, social, economic, technological and political aspects of the Song and Dance Celebration tradition and to compare it in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
CoHERE. Critical Heritages: Performing and Representing Identities in Europe
Principal Researcher: prof., Dr. Rūta Muktupāvela
The ‘CoHERE’ project seeks to identify, understand and valorize the cultural heritage of Europe, looking at its socio-political and cultural significance and its potential for developing communitarian identities. ‘CoHERE’ also addresses the increasing crisis of the EU through a study of relations between identities, representations and performances of history.