17.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

IPHAN and UNESCO in Brazil offer online course on Intangible Heritage

Registrations are open until 8 February for the course Intangible Heritage: Strengthening the National System, offered by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) with UNESCO in Brazil as part of the Project for Diffusion of Intangible Cultural Heritage Policy in Brazil with the technical coordination of Inspire Gestão Cultural.

Classes will be taught online between 1 March and 4 May 2013. There will be 200 available places for professionals from all over Brazil. The initiative is part of the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of 2003.

The course aims at strengthening local capacities for the implementation and execution of intangible heritage in Brazilian states and municipalities by means of training cultural managers to act in favor of the safeguarding of cultural intangible heritage. It is based on eight subjects – legislation, identification, recognition, support and promotion of sustainable practices – chosen with the goal of fostering the National Cultural Heritage System. It will also provide a space to analyze and discuss the main concepts regarding Brazilian cultural heritage in their different dimensions and interactions with aspects of identity, territory and environment.

The targeted audience is comprised of professionals already in the culture field who are interested in furthering their knowledge on mapping, inventory, research and actions of recognition of cultural assets as heritage, as well as about the federal policy for the safeguarding of intangible heritage and other practices within that field.

The course will begin with the class “Long distance learning enviroment” with the goal of promoting a good relationship with virtual platforms and enhancing the use of the course online resources as well as presenting its chosen methodology.

Other classes include “Dealing with concepts”, discussing cultural references and heritage; “Community and heritage management”, which presents and discusses methodologies for fostering participation; “2003 UNESCO Convention”, about the general structure of UNESCO and its Conventions, as well as goals and organisms; “Brazilian legislation (PNPI, states and municipalities)”, about the institutionalization of heritage as a field of research and political action in Brazil; “Tools for management and fostering policies”, “Intersectorialism, heritage and development” and “Safeguarding tools and practices”, that discuss the nventory, Registration, Safeguarding Plans, Fiscal Incentive Policies, Heritage Education and Penal Tutelage of Cultural Heritage.

The course features Lucas dos Santos Roque as content coordinator and is taught by Patrícia Faria, Mônia Silvestrin, Letícia Vianna, Lucas dos Santos Roque, Mário Pragmacio, Juliana Santilli, Maria Elizabeth Costa and Márcia Sant’Anna. The profiles of participant professors are bellow.


Course: Patrimônio Imaterial: Fortalecendo o Sistema Nacional – EAD
Registration: until 8 February, online at www.inspirebr.com.br
Selection: until 20 February
Course duration: from 1 March to 4 May 2013
Number of available places: 200
Cost: free of charge
Total hours: 65

Press contacts:
Inspire Gestão Cultural – Maria Helena Cunha, lenacunha@inspirebr.com.br, 31-3274-4953
IPHAN – Núbia Selen Lira Silva, nubia.selen(at)iphan.gov.br , 61-2024-5525
UNESCO Brazil – Ana Lúcia Guimarães, ana.guimaraes(at)unesco.org.br , 61-2106-3536;
Isabel de Paula, isabel.paula(at)unesco.org.br , 61-2106-3538


Participant professors:
•    Prof. Patrícia Faria (“Long distance learning environment”)
A UFMG Psychology major, with a lato sensu post-graduate degree in Cultural Planning and Management by IEC/PUC-Minas. She has been coordinator of Escola Livre COMUNA S.A. since 1992, which became a Pontão de Cultura (culture centerpoint) in 2007 with the project Cultural Management Training for Culture Points all over Brazil.

•    Prof. Mônica Silvestrin (“Dealing with concepts”)
She majored in History at the Federal University of Paraná and holds a USP MA in History. Presently, she is coordinator of identification at the Department of Intangible Heritage at IPHAN. She has been teaching high school since 2003 and researching themes such as literates, history of ideas, cultural history and cultural heritage.

•    Prof. Letícia Vianna (“Community and heritage management”)
MPhil in Social Anthropology by University of Brasília (1993) and Social Anthropology PhD by the National Museum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1998). She has been a consultant in the Department of Intangible Heritage at IPHAN since 2007 as well as a researcher at the Transdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance Studies at UnB.

•    Prof. Lucas dos Santos Roque (“2003 UNESCO Convention”)
MPhil in Anthropology. Presently working as a freelance consultant. Experienced in the Anthropology field, mainly environment, intangible heritage and sustainable development. He is a UNESCO consultant for strengthening capacities towards the implementation of the 2003 Convention.

•    Prof. Mário Pragmacio (“Brazilian Legislation – PNPI, states and municipalities”)
He is presently legal advisor to alderwoman Sonia Rabello (PV/RJ) and is active in the environment, cultural heritage, city and education fields. He is a professor for the Cultural Production major offered by Fluminense Federal University (UFF), teaching the classes “Legislations for cultural incentives and human rights”, “History of cultural heritage” and “Cultural project IV”.

•    Prof. Elisabeth Costa (“Tools for management and fostering policies”)
Psychology major by the UFRJ Institute of Psychology in 1974, MsC in Psycholinguistics by UFRJ in 1996 and PhD in Cultural Anthropology by UFRJ in 2005. Chief of the Research Division of the National Centre for Folklore and Popular Culture since 2010.

•    Prof. Juliana Santilli (“Intersectorialism, heritage and development”)
Law major by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1987, MPhil in Law and State by the University of Brasília (UnB) in 2004, and PhD in Law (research area: Socio-environmental Law) by PUC-PR in 2009. She is a public prosecutor of the Public Ministry of Distrito Federal (body of public prosecutors) and has been active in the environment, cultural heritage, human rights and criminal fields.

•    Prof. Márcia Sant’Anna (“Safeguarding tools and practices”)
Architecture and Urbanism major by the University of Brasília, MA in Architecture and Urbanism by the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and PhD in Architecture and Urbanism by the same institution in 2004. She has worked until March 2011 at IPHAN, in several capacities, including director of the former Department of Protection (1998-1999) and director of the Department of Intangible Heritage (2004-2011).

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