UNESCO Chair in Carnival and Heritage (998), established in 2012 at the Universidad de la República, Montevideo (Uruguay).


Intangible cultural heritage.


The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • foster the systematization of research on carnival and heritage from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • study the economic and sociological impact of carnival, bearing in mind that culture should contribute to sustainable development and the welfare of local communities;
  • design public policies and enhance capacity-building to ensure the safeguarding of intangible heritage; and,
  • create a research network and increase knowledge-sharing so as to bolster North-South and North-South-South cooperation, with the active participation of the public and private sectors, including NGOs, the civil society and local communities.

Host Institution

Universidad de la República  (Uruguay)

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Culture; UNESCO Office in Montevideo


Contact: Prof. Rodrigo Arocena, Rector

Universidad de la República

Av. 18 de Julio 1968