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#HeritageAlive – Call for Articles: Basketry, preserving basket braiding traditions from the field

By January 23, 2024No Comments

(For the french version click here)

#HeritageAlive, is a journal published every two years, with the support of ICHCAP, to promote NGOs’ experiences with the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (#HeritageAlive – ICH NGO Forum). So far, 4 editions in the Living Heritage Serie have been published successfully. In December 2023, during the 18.COM in Botswana-Kasane, the editorial board chose Traditional Basketry as the theme for the next publication. The estimation is for the next publication to be ready by the end of 2025 to be presented at the 20.COM.

For this next publication we are seeking articles that reflect NGOs’ involvement and the experiences of individuals in ongoing projects related to basketry. We seek articles promoting best practices of safeguarding the traditional knowledge and skills involving the use of a variety of materials such as plant, tree components for the braiding process, and more generally the development of by-products as part of the basketry. Rather than solely presenting basketry as an ICH element, the articles must reflect the challenges, methodologies, and experiences in safeguarding and transmitting the ICH. Basketry is regarded one of the oldest crafts in the world and represents all the five domains in the convention. Therefore, we aim for articles that showcase the ICH’s social and cultural function for a group or community. To honor the spirit of the 2003 Convention, the articles shall preferably be written by, or in close collaboration with, the NGOs and practitioners concerned.

All UNESCO accredited NGOs are encouraged to contribute. We encourage authors from the NGOs aged 35 or younger to submit a text to compete for the Albert van der Zeijden prize. Each year a young author is awarded thanks to his or her outstanding article about an ICH safeguarding experience.


Language of the article: English or French

Preselection phase: There will be a preselection phase in which participants are required to submit an abstract of their proposed article. This abstract should be between 300 and 400 words.

Deadline Submission abstract: 1st of May 2024

After the abstracts have been submitted, the board will select the articles with the most potential to be developed into a full article. Participants will be informed about the outcome within a month after submission of the abstract. Then, the selected participants can proceed with the writing of their article.

Deadline Submission final article: 1st of October 2024

Contacts for submissions (for both the abstract and the final article):

Other specifications

The submitted abstract and article should not include images; image files will be requested later.

The Word count for the final article should be not less than 1,500 words and not more than 2500 words.

For citations, we recommend the Harvard style. See for information.

The authors must proofread the text before submitting. Documents with excessive misspellings and grammatical issues will be returned.