무형문화연구원은 무형문화를 연구하는 곳이다. 무형문화에는 과거로부터 전승된 무형유산뿐만 아니라 현재의 문화현상 전체도 포함된다. 무형문화연구원은 각 분과의 전문가들이 모여 무형문화유산의 종합적 연구를 지향하고 있다. 특히 인터넷 기술(IT)과의 융복합적 연구는 여타의 연구원와 구별되는 특장점이다. 이미 이치피디아(ichpedia)를 통해 40,000건의 자료를 입력하여 검색 기능을 구축하였다. 최근 무형문화연구원은 유무형 통합을 목표로 고문서 자료를 확보하여 명실공히 기록문화의 메카로 자리 잡고 있다. 또한, 무형유산연구 창간호를 발간하여 국내외 무형유산 연구의 중추를 담당하고자 노력한다. 이후 동북아시아 학자들과의 교류를 신호 삼아 국제적 교류를 이끌 수 있는 연구원가 되기를 꿈꾸고 있다.
Who Are We?
The Center for Intangible Culture Studies (CICS) was established in order to promote safeguarding activities of and encourage research regarding intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in 2013. CICS puts special efforts into discovering measures for protecting and preserving ICH with academic concerns and in-depth understanding of its distinctive characteristics. Due to the rapid and complicated transformations of modern society and culture, ICH continually faces threats of disappearance and distortion. CICS has been involved in many fruitful tasks such as research, inventorying and publishing. Furthermore, CICS is also developing educational programs for safeguarding ICH and its creative applications. CICS is now moving forward to ICH safeguarding initiatives in Korean academic and public arenas.
Our goal is to contribute to society through productive activities such as research, education, newtworking and provision of public service for the safeguarding of ICH home and abroad. We hope to help marginalized and disadvantaged ICH beareres, groups and communities through our efforts.
What Are Our Momenta ?
- Began the 20th Century People’s Life History Research in 2002
- Nominated as a special research center for ICH by National Research Foundation of Korea in 2013 and renewed its nomination in 2017
- Approved as a UNESCO-accredited NGO at the 6th session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016
What Are Our Main Activities?
⦁Promotion of safeguarding activities of ICH
⦁Research activities regrading ICH
⦁Consultation with ICH bearers, groups and communities
⦁Moderating ICHPEDIA: plan to construct a database for both researchers and the general population
⦁Monitoring on domestic ICH of humanities inscribed in the UNESCO ICH list
⦁Inventorying ICH in the remote and isolated areas
⦁Publication of books and reports regarding ICH
⦁Developing educational programs for safeguarding ICH and its creative applications [International]
⦁Building an overseas network for ICH research and safeguarding
⦁Developing a global ICH digital platform
⦁Reducing the ICH-divide in the global community
⦁Improving other phases of the divide such as safeguarding methods and policies
⦁Networking and communication with ICH bearers, groups and communities
⦁Help marginalized and disadvantaged regions and actors through our efforts.
ICHPEDIA A platform for Safeguarding ICH and Sustainable Development www.ichpedia.org
ICHPEDIA is a new paradigm for progressive inventory systems for the management and preservation of intangible heritage data. The objectives of ICHPEDIA are to archive content and exchange education and research while sharing knowledge related to intangible heritage, and to come up with plans for the safeguarding and application of intangible heritage.
The participation of not only experts, but also ordinary citizens, as well as individuals and organizations who possess intangible heritage is actively encouraged. This is at once a civil intangible heritage collection utilizing collective intelligence as well as a progressive cultural movement. Currently, around 70,000 data entries of cultural heritage have been accumulated on ICHPEDIA.
We are actively putting methodologies into practice in the archiving of intangible cultural heritage data, such as interdisciplinary research, knowledge-sharing, and utilization of collective intelligence. With the goal of information-sharing, networking and communication, ICHPEDIA encourages collaboration between participants/archivists/users. Through ICHPEDIA, they are able to share information and knowledge related to the safeguarding and transmission of intangible cultural heritage and give their opinions about future application plans or policy suggestions.
Accomplishments since Accreditation 2018
⦁ Organizing and moderating the 2nd World Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage
⦁ Monitoring Project for ICH of Humanity inscribed by UNESCO in Korea
⦁ Inventorying and research on Traditional Educational System, Seodang, in Korea 2017
⦁ Organizing and moderating the 1st World Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage
⦁ Organizing and moderating the Forum on ICH Policy Issues in collaboration with the National Assembly
⦁ Inventorying and research on Gimjang, Korean Dance, Play and Recreation, Jeonju City’s ICH, etc.
⦁ Exhibition on Artisan’s Spirit through Images
⦁ Re-election of a ‘Special Research Center’ for ICH by National Research Foundation of Korea 2016
⦁ Approved as a UNESCO-accredited Intangible Cultural Heritage NGO
⦁ Operated the 3rd year as a ‘Special Research Center’ (established a new paradigm of intangible cultural research and constructed an IT interdisciplinary knowledge management system)
⦁ Monitoring on national intangible cultural property
⦁ Inventorying and research on ‘New Traditional Games’ in the North Jeolla province
⦁ ‘Collaboration of Memory’ Palbok-dong Art Factory project
⦁ Preliminary investigation and determination of historicality for the construction of historic sites of Confucian scholars
The Center for Intangible Culture Studies, UNESCO Accredited NGO
Dukjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-to
Republic of Korea