SHARING CULTURES 2017 - 5th International Conference on Intangible Heritage follows the path established by the previous Conferences on Intangible Heritage (SHARING CULTURES 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015) and aims at pushing further the discussion on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), under the main topics proposed by the UNESCO Convention adding some new field of discussion, namely on what concerns management and promotion of ICH, educational matters and musealization (please refer to the list of Topics).

The concept of ICH gained its rightful place among the scientific community during the last two decades and a significant amount of work has been done by a large number of researchers, academics and practitioners, leading to the recognition of ICH as fundamental piece for the comprehension of human societies, organisations and ways of living. Accordingly, scientific events that gather scholars, researchers and academics with on-going work on ICH are privileged moments to share experiences, problems, questions and conclusions. SHARING CULTURES in its 2017 edition aims to continue consolidating its rightful place among those events.

As in its previous edition SHARING CULTURES 2017 will include a number of activities promoting local experiences to all Delegates who will have the opportunity to learn traditional know-how from its owners and practitioners.

Authors intending to submit papers to SHARING CULTURES 2017 are encouraged to address one of the topics of the Conference by providing evidence of ongoing research work.

The Conference will welcome papers and presentations on field work, case studies and theoretical approaches to ICH.

As a Special Chater, Sharing Cultures 2017 welcome research on the field of Pilgrimage Routes given relevance as an expression of Intangible Cultural Heritage whose authenticity needs to be carefully preserved facing the pressure of touristic and other economic activities.